A Pikeville, Tenn., man is facing charges of exploitation and solicitation in connection with a police sting conducted last week.

Pikeville Police Chief Ronnie Byrd said Henry L. Smith, 36, of Pikeville, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and solicitating exploitation in connection with the sting performed last week.

Smith is free on $20,000 bond and faces a date in General Sessions Court Aug. 5, jail officials said this morning.

Smith is the owner of the Southern Skillet restaurant on Main Street, according to officials.

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