Benjamin Shook sentenced to life in prison for 2015 abduction of Hawkins County teen

Benjamin Shook (Source: Smyth County Sheriff's Office)
Benjamin Shook (Source: Smyth County Sheriff's Office)

GREENE COUNTY, TN (WATE) – A federal judge sentenced Benjamin Shook to life in prison Thursday.

In June, Shook, 42, pleaded guilty to all five federal charges filed against. Those charges included kidnapping, transporting a minor for illegal sexual activity, and failing to register as a sex offender.

Shook sparked a multi-state Amber Alert in 2015 after Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he used the internet to lure a 14-year-old Hawkins County girl away from her home. After a more than two week search, the two were found the two in Adkins, Virginia.

According to federal court documents Shook failed to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison in 2014. He was incarcerated from 2004 to 2014 after being convicted on 9 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in Georgia.

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