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Kentucky Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Attempted Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee

NASHVILLE – A Walton, Kentucky man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to coerce and entice a 13-year-old girl to engage in unlawful sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney Henry C. Leventis.

Thomas Niemeyer, 43, was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release at the conclusion of his prison sentence. 

Niemeyer was arrested in July 2021 in Covington, Kentucky, after initiating conversations with who he believed to be a 13-year-old female through online dating applications.  Niemeyer was actually communicating with an undercover FBI agent who was conducting online proactive child exploitation investigations on apps known to be used by minors and individuals such as Niemeyer, who have a sexual interest in children. 

During the conversations, Niemeyer inquired about the 13-year-old’s sexual experiences, discussed engaging in sexual activity with her, requested nude photographs, sent sexually explicit photographs and videos, and mailed the undercover agent a sexual device. 

A federal grand jury in Nashville indicted Niemeyer in August 2021 and he pleaded guilty in October 2022. 

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica R. Morrison.

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David Boling

Public Affairs Officer


Updated March 23, 2023

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