Jacksonville Doctor Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography
Jacksonville, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Jacksonville physician Robert Davis Williams (45, Jacksonville) to five years in federal prison and a ten year term of supervised release for receiving images and videos of child pornography over the internet. Williams pled guilty to this charge on March 14, 2011. Immediately after the sentencing hearing, Williams was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to court documents, on October 21, 2009, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (“JSO”) received a complaint regarding possible child pornography at the residence of Williams. JSO officers responded to the residence, and JSO detectives were shown a video file on a desktop computer belonging to Williams which depicted child pornography. With the consent of an occupant of the residence (the "Complainant"), the detectives searched the residence and discovered hundreds of compact disks and DVDs containing pornography in Williams’ residence and garage, along with hundreds of adult magazines. This search also revealed numerous floppy disks, zip disks, and VHS videotapes which contained pornography. Although many of the videos were commercially produced adult pornography, most of the videos had been made or copied on a home computer. Detectives observed Williams' computer and discovered an open folder on the desktop monitor which displayed several videos depicting child pornography. Pursuant to the consent, the detectives took custody of the computer, a digital camera and memory card, 41 VHS videotapes, 697 compact disks and DVDs, 62 floppy disks, and two zip disks.
On October 26, 2009, acting at the direction of JSO detectives, the Complainant placed a controlled telephone call to Williams. The telephone call was audio recorded. During this conversation, Williams admitted, among other things, downloading child pornography and apologized for his “sickness.” Williams admitted that he was hiding the child pornography from the Complainant because he was “too ashamed and embarrassed,” further indicating that he would download pornography using peer-to-peer networks.
A subsequent search of Williams' computer revealed approximately 113 videos of child pornography, 93 images of child pornography, and 36 image files from Window artifacts on Williams' computer system and the compact disks.
The case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov and click on the tab "other resources."