Garland, Texas, Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Attempted Enticement of a Minor
DALLAS — Christopher Lance Williams,41, of Garland, Texas, pleaded guilty this morning before Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to one count of attempted enticement of a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to the terms of the plea agreement, if the Court accepts Williams’ plea, the parties agree that the appropriate term of imprisonment is not more than 240 months (20 years) in prison. In addition, Williams, who remains in federal custody, faces up to a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for September 7, 2012, before Judge Fitzwater.
Williams admits, according to documents filed in the case, that in August 2011, via a Craigslist posting, he met an individual on line whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, but who was actually an undercover detective posing as the minor. Williams’ posting indicated that he was a 40-year-old man looking for a “younger” girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct with him. Williams persuaded this female minor to engage in illegal sexual activity with him, and on August 25, 2011, he drove to meet her at a prearranged place and time and was arrested. Williams admitted to law enforcement that he intended to pick her up as planned and take her back home to engage in illegal sexual activity with her.
Williams also admitted to law enforcement that in July and August 2011, using the Internet and cell phone, he had attempted to entice another individual, whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, to engage in sexual activity with him. He admitted engaging in sexually explicit communications with other minors and admitted sending a sexually explicit photograph of himself to one of the minors.
This matter 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 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 sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The case was investigated by the Garland, Texas Police Department with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller is in charge of the prosecution.
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