Wilson County Man Sentenced for Child Exploitation

Jonathon Aaron Ladd sentenced to 17 years for child exploitation crimes.

NASHVILLE – Jonathon Aaron Ladd, 30, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison for producing, transporting, and distributing child pornography, as announced by United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis for the Middle District of Tennessee. Following his prison term, Ladd will undergo 10 years of supervised release.

In 2020, Ladd created a sexually explicit video involving a six-year-old girl in his care. He shared this video, along with another explicit video featuring a different child, through an online chat application with other sexual predators.

In 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Ladd on charges of production, transportation, and distribution of child pornography. Ladd pled guilty to all counts on September 21, 2023.

United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis emphasized the Justice Department’s commitment to protecting children, crediting law enforcement and his office for securing Ladd’s prison sentence. HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Rana Saoud highlighted the collaborative effort to rescue exploited children and warned against engaging in such criminal behavior.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI Memphis Field Office, Nashville Resident Agency, and the Metro Nashville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Daughtrey prosecuted the case.

This case falls under Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. The initiative leverages federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute offenders and to rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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