Wilson County Man Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Federal Prison on Child Exploitation Charges


Jonathon Aaron Ladd, 30, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, was sentenced last week to 210 months in federal prison for the production, transportation, and distribution of child pornography.

That term of imprisonment will be followed by 10 years of supervised release.

In 2020, the defendant made a sexually explicit video recording of a six-year-old girl in his care. He shared that video, along with another sexually explicit video of a different child, in an online chat application with other sexual predators.

A federal grand jury indicted the defendant in 2021 on one count of production of child pornography, one count of transportation of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography. On September 21, 2023, he pled guilty to all counts in the indictment.

“Protecting children will always be a top priority for the Justice Department,” said United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis. “In this case, as a result of the excellent work done by law enforcement and members of our office, the defendant will spend the next 17 years in federal prison and far away from children.”

“This sentencing is a prime example of the joint efforts in which HSI works with our law enforcement partners to rescue children who are being sexually exploited,” said HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Rana Saoud. “Let this be a warning to anyone who engages in the abhorrent behavior of producing and distributing child sexual assault material. Our investigators work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to deliver justice to those who would harm our children.”

Homeland Security Investigations; the FBI Memphis Field Office, Nashville Resident Agency; and the Metro Nashville Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Daughtrey prosecuted the case.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Tennessee

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