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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 24, 2022

Norwich Man Sentenced to 23 Years in Federal Prison for Recording his Repeated Sexual Abuse of Child

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TRAVIS M. WILLIAMS, 34, of Norwich, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 23 years of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for photographing and video recording his repeated sexual abuse of a child.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on more than 100 occasions, Williams engaged in sexual acts with a child who was approximately 9 years old.  In July 2019, Williams used his iPhone to photograph himself sexually abusing the child, and he subsequently sent the photographs to a woman via text message.  On July 27, 2019, Williams filmed 10 videos depicting him sexually abusing the child.

Investigators recovered numerous text messages between Williams and the woman.  In certain text messages, Williams told the woman that he wanted to engage in sexual acts with her while the child watched, and that he wanted the child to take part in these sexual acts.

Williams has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on August 30, 2019.  On October 28, 2021, he pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of production of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

The state charges against Williams are pending.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Norwich Police Department and the Connecticut State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amanda S. Oakes and Neeraj N. Patel.

U.S. Attorney Boyle thanked the New London State’s Attorney’s Office for its cooperation and assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.

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Project Safe Childhood
Violent Crime
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Updated January 24, 2022