A Walla Walla man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for attempted receipt of child pornography.
Kevin Dettmer, 34, was charged after messaging an undercover cop online posing as a 13-year-old child. The man sent graphic photos of himself and repeatedly asked the fictitious child to return the favor.
He eventually obtained the officer’s contact information and proceeded to communicate over text and email over the course of a month.
Dettmer eventually attempted to meet the child in Walla Walla for sex, but instead found himself under arrest. He was taken into custody by a joint effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Richland and Kennewick Police Departments.
He pled guilty to the crime in May of 2016.
“This case is a fine example of the great work that can be done when state and federal law enforcement officers work together,” said Michael Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.
Ormsby added the sentence should serve as a warning to criminals who believe they are acting with immunity when using emails and texts to receive child pornography.
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