SHREVEPORT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Mickey Williams, 35, of Shreveport, La., pleaded guilty on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote, to possessing child pornography.
According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, law enforcement agents discovered Williams was downloading child pornography using an internet image board. Agents searched Williams’ home on January 28, 2012. After searching the electronic devices and computers found in the home, approximately 150 images of child pornography and one video were found. Some of the images contained prepubescent child pornography and bestiality.
Williams faces up to 10 years in prison, five years to life of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine for one count of possessing child pornography. He also faces forfeiture of the devices used in the crime. A sentencing date of September 25, 2014 was set.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell is prosecuting the case. This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) DHS-2ICE. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp. Tips may be reported anonymously.