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William Vernon Williams Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on December 1, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, WILLIAM VERNON WILLIAMS, a 36-year-old resident of Missoula, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing is set for March 18, 2010. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On January 11, 2008, a rent-to-own business in Missoula contacted WILLIAMS' probation officer. The business had located child pornography on a computer leased by WILLIAMS. When law enforcement went to the business to seize the computer, they determined WILLIAMS had a second computer. Probation officers went to WILLIAMS' residence, arrested WILLIAMS for violating his probation, and seized the second computer.

When interviewed, WILLIAMS admitted to renting the computers and to downloading child pornography. WILLIAMS said he is sexually attracted to 9-16-year-old girls and fantasizes about having sex with them. WILLIAMS said he was most attracted to the child pornography files that involved the rape of children or bondage.

Rental paperwork indicated WILLIAMS rented the first computer on December 22, 2007, and the second computer on January 3, 2008.

The computers were forensically analyzed and thirty-two image files depicting child pornography and eleven videos were found on the computers. Some of the images portrayed prepubescent girls and boys. Limewire search terms "childporn adult" and "incest" were located. The internet browser history showed WILLIAMS visited the websites: "", "", and "". The examiner also located five Google search results pages which shows the search terms used as: nude photos of preteen girls; nude photos of incest; and shows "the best" paid websites for forced sex/rape.

WILLIAMS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Missoula Police Department and the Montana Department of Corrections - Adult Probation and Parole.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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