An international fugitive wanted on sex crimes involving a child from Barry County has been turned over to authorities in the United States.
On September 30, 2008, Troy Robert Greenbank, 31, Springfield, fled to Canada before he was federally indicted on two charges related to sexual offenses involving a 10 year-old girl. Federal prosecutors allege that Greenbank conspired with the mother of the girl to use her daughter to make kiddie porn between Aug. 1, 2005, and Feb. 22, 2006.
Greenbank allegedly met the woman in an Internet chat room then met her at a motel for sex. It is alleged that Greenbank told the woman that he wanted to have a threesome with the woman and her daughter. The mother agreed to the proposal and allegedly sent photographs to Greenbank showing her and her daughter in sexual acts. Those same court documents say that Greenback bought a sex toy for the girl.
Greenbank admitted that he made the proposal to the girl's mother, but said he never actually had sex with the girl because she had to stay late at school the day of the arranged sexual assault.The girl’s father alerted authorities when he found the sex toy Greenbank allegedly bought his daughter.
U.S. authorities alerted Canadian authorities to Greenbank whereabouts in Winnipeg several days after the man was indicted. With the assistance of the Winnipeg Police Service he was arrested at a Winnipeg hotel on an immigration warrant. Greenback fought deportation and attempted to obtain refugee status and protection from the Canadian government. He claimed that he would likely be killed in prison if he was returned to the United States to face justice.
Greenback, who served in the U.S. military, is now working on his second Master's degree in criminal justice. He worked as a dispatcher for campus security at Missouri State University and was a volunteer member of the Civil Air Patrol.
“I would like to commend the CBSA officers involved in the removal of this individual from our country,” the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety said in a news release. “This government will not tolerate the harbouring of fugitives from justice. We are committed to ensuring that the safety and security of Canadians are not compromised.”
The girl's mom is in state prison after being convicted in Barry County of sex crimes involving her child. Greenbank is looking at 15 to 30 years in federal prison on one charge and between 5 and 20 years on the other if he is convicted. He could also be fined up to $250,000 for each offense.
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