|Army captain and former instructor charged by the FBI |
|Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 3:26 pm |
|A Trenton man and former contracted University of Tennessee at Martin ROTC instructor is being investigated by the FBI for accusations involving a minor. According to a federal complaint filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 29-year-old Joseph Allen Spellings, of Trenton faces accusations of transferring obscene material to a minor under the age of 16 and using interstate “Internet Instant Messages” to attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor female under the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity. |
The alleged incidents occurred between March and April of this year.
Spellings is a commissioned United States Army captain.
A course syllabus and class schedule found online showed Spellings was an instructor for the Spring 2010 semester.
He was inducted as assistant professor of military science, Department of Military Science and Leadership in August of last year.
According to an affidavit filed by FBI Crimes Against Children Special Agent Stephen K. Lies, the Trenton police chief received a complaint against Spellings when he allegedly attempted to contact a 14-year-old female using the Internet.
Spellings is accused of trying to incite the child into sending him images of herself naked using Internet e-mail accounts.
The affidavit further states Spellings arranged to pick the victim up from a public location and take her back to his house to engage in oral sex with the minor.
He was arrested Wednesday, April 21 and appeared for a probable cause/a detention hearing in a Memphis federal court Wednesday.
Spellings was commissioned as an officer in 2004.
According to UT Martin University Relations Director Bud Grimes, Spellings is no longer a contracted instructor for the local university.