Dothan Man Sentenced to 17.5 Years in Prison for Attempting to Send Pornographic Images to a Minor

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           Montgomery, Alabama – On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Kevin Wayne Willett, a 31-year-old from Dothan, Alabama, was sentenced to 210 months in prison for the attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor and attempted distribution of child pornography to a minor, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart. Following his 17.5-year prison sentence, Willett will be on supervised release for five years and will be required to register as a sex offender. There is no parole in the federal system.

            According to his plea agreement and other court documents, on May 3, 2018, Willett, using an online dating site, communicated with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. In reality, Willett was communicating with an undercover FBI agent posing as a minor. At some point during the exchange, Willett sent the agent an obscene image of an adult. Over the following days, Willet exchanged text messages with the undercover agent.  In those messages, Willet indicated his intent to share lewd and sexual images. Willett then sent the agent an image containing child pornography. On March 7, 2022, Willett pleaded guilty to the charges.

           This case was investigated by the FBI and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Assistant United States Attorney J. Patrick Lamb prosecuted the case.