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For Immediate Release

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October 21, 2009 Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force - Pensacola
Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer (850) 554-6602

USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Arrest Child Pornography Suspect for Eastern Iowa Fugitive Task Force

Pensacola, FL – Charles Andrew Williams, 41 wanted on a federal warrant by the U.S. Marshals Eastern Iowa Fugitive Task Force for Possession of Child Pornography was arrested yesterday by the U.S. Marshals in Pensacola. On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa requested the assistance of the Pensacola Division of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Williams. Task Force members with the Eastern Iowa Fugitive Task Force received information that Williams was living in Pace, Florida. According to an indictment from Lynn County, IA, during the past several months Williams was allegedly downloading numerous photographs and videos of child pornography while working as a contractor servicing web sites from his home. According to the indictment, during an interview that took place at his home in Cedar Rapids, IA earlier this month he stated he had been doing this “…for a long time.”

Early yesterday morning the Pensacola Task Force initiated a surveillance of a residence on the 4000 block of Southern Place in Pace before Williams was spotted walking around outside the home that is believed to be that of a relative. At approximately 2:30pm, U.S. Marshals and Task Force members from Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Offices and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) apprehended Williams without incident and transported him to the Santa Rosa County Jail. Williams’ initial appearance was earlier today at the Federal Courthouse and he will remain in custody at least until his detention hearing on Monday October 26 in Pensacola. Prior to this arrest, Williams has never been arrested.

The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola is made up of officers from the U.S. Marshals Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton County Sheriff’s Offices, Milton, Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, Niceville and DeFuniak Springs Police Departments, State Attorney’s Office, the Office of Attorney General and the 1st Special Operations Security Force at Hurlburt Field.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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