FBI searching for convicted sex offender with ties to Tri-Cities

Becky Campbell • Aug 8, 2018 at 10:55 PM

Federal agents are still looking for a Louisiana man who has friends and family in the Tri-Cities — particularly Johnson City and Kingsport.

Jason Matthew Zeller, 40, who goes by Matt Zeller, lives in Metairie, Louisiana. An FBI New Orleans Field Office’s Child Exploitation Field Office investigation led authorities there to charge him with:

• Two counts of pornography involving juveniles under age 13;

• Two counts of computer-aided solicitation of a minor; and

• One count of unlawful use of a social networking website.

Zeller was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 200 to 210 pounds with a light complexion, medium build and a receding hairline. He also has four tattoos — a tribal design on his left shoulder, a face on his left calf, five faces fashioned into an armband design on his right arm and a buffalo on his right calf.

According to an FBI press release, Zeller is a registered sex offender because of previous pornography convictions involving juveniles.

Zeller is also wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service, Eastern District of Louisiana, on a felony warrant charging him with failure to register as a sex offender. According to the marshals service, Zeller was known to be in Kingsport in December 2016.

Anyone with information about Zeller’s whereabouts can call the FBI New Orleans Field Office at 504-816-3000.

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