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Man charged with soliciting a minor

Johnson City Press • Feb 14, 2020 at 11:53 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Deputies with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Stoney Creek man late Thursday evening after investigators with the department said they had discovered a video of the man requesting sexual favors from a juvenile.

Joseph Walter Sampson, 59, is charged with solicitation of a minor. Investigators said they became aware of the incident after the child’s mother discovered the video. The mother showed the video to investigators.

It was described as containing visual and audio footage of Sampson making several requests for sexual favors. The child’s mother told investigators that Sampson had threatened to commit suicide if law enforcement was notified.

Investigators then wrote warrants for Sampson’s arrest, and deputies took him into custody at his residence on the Stoney Creek Highway.

Sampson is currently being held in the Carter County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

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