Former WEMA employee charged with solicitation of a minor

Courtesy: Wilson County Sheriff's Office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A former Wilson County Emergency Management employee was arrested and charged with solicitation of minor.

Matthew Patterson was arrested on Dec. 23 and booked into the Wilson County jail.

Wilson County detectives began investigating the 31-year-old after they were given an investigative lead from the United States Department of Homeland Security.

The exact circumstances that led to his arrest were not immediately released.

According to WEMA, Patterson was hired as a full-time EMT and firefighter in March 2006. He requested and was granted part-time employment in December 2015 which he continued until he resigned on Nov. 11 this year.

“There is a constant threat of offenders preying on others, whether it is for sexual or other potentially dangerous intentions. Unfortunately, this is an everyday occurrence in our society,” WEMA says.

“The agency continued, “While employed with WEMA, Patterson passed all state and federal background screening processes. There were no indications in the screening process that would indicate that this type of conduct was foreseeable from Patterson.”