Sex offender indicted on child exploitation charges

JACKSON, Tenn. — A West Tennessee man is facing new charges of child exploitation after videos of children were discovered on a cell phone earlier this year.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant, 54-year-old Rodney Patterson was indicted on multiple charges of production and possession of child pornography.

The release says Patterson has lived in both Benton and Carroll counties previously.

In February, Patterson was found with a cell phone containing images and videos of child pornography, the release says. Investigators say the children were identified, and Patterson was determined to have produced the images and videos between December 2019 and February 2020.

The release says all of the children were under the age of 12, and one was younger than 10.

Patterson was previously required to register as a sex offender due to a prior conviction at the state level. He now faces a 10 year sentence in addition to the mandatory minimum 15 year sentences for each federal charge if convicted.

The release says he also has charges pending in Benton County.

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