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Bartlett Man Sentenced for Solicitation of Child Pornography and Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor

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

 Memphis, TN – Joel Evan Lattimer, 43, of Bartlett, TN., has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for solicitation of child pornography and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the sentence today.

According to the information presented in court, between October and November 2021, FBI undercover agents communicated with Lattimer using social networking applications, such as Whisper, Kik, and Wickr. During the investigation, the undercover agents posed as a father and his minor daughter who told Lattimer that the father frequently sexually abused his 12-year-old daughter. He requested to see photos and videos of the sexual abuse of the minor. In November, Lattimer sent the minor two videos of himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Lattimer pled guilty to the charges brought in a two-count Information.

On February 9, 2023, United States District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Lattimer to 60 months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. The Court also assessed a $10,000 fine under the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act of 2015.

This case was investigated by the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force.

United States Attorney Kevin Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Delery, who prosecuted this case, as well as law enforcement partners who investigated the case.


For more information, please contact Public Information Officer Cherri Green at (901) 544-4231 or Follow @WDTNNews on Twitter for office news and updates.

Updated April 19, 2023