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Walla Walla man sentenced to five years in federal prison for solicitation of minors

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington has announced the sentencing of a Walla Walla man to five years in prison for attempting to receive child pornography.

According to a release from the Department of Justice, Kevin Michael Dettmer, 34, of Walla Walla was sentenced Thursday, February 23, 2017 after messaging with undercover police he thought to be 12 and 13-year-old girls.

U.S. District Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. sentenced Dettmer to five years in prison and ten years of court supervision after he is released. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

Court documents said Dettmer responded to a personal ad posted online by undercover officers with Homeland Security Investigations and the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in 2015.

During a month-long correspondence Dettmer repeatedly asked for images from the undercover police posing as underage girls and sent graphic images of himself with an adult woman he claimed to be 15 years old.

Dettmer made arrangements to meet with the fictitious 13 year old girl upon which police arrested him.

According to reports Dettmer pleaded guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography on May 27, 2016.

The news release stated this case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in 2006 to prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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