Local volunteer firefighter charged with solicitation of minor in Wilson County
Matthew Allen Patterson. Photo courtesy of Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.
A Wilson County volunteer firefighter in Gladeville was recently charged and arrested for solicitation of a minor.
Matthew Allen Patterson, age 31, was booked into the Wilson County jail in December.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was who tipped off local authorities regarding the firefighters actions.
Wilson County Sheriff, Robert Bryan, commented in a recent press release regarding the issue, “This is yet another reminder of the danger that our children face in today’s digital age. It is your duty and responsibility as a parent to maintain and closely monitor any type of electronic device that your child uses. Parents are reminded that there are predators constantly looking for an opportunity to take advantage of an innocence children.”
Details regarding the case are still being investigated and reviewed.