Cumberland County Child Sex Trafficker Pleads Guilty
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today CHRISTOPHER JASON WILLIAMS, 33, of Fayetteville, North Carolina pleaded guilty before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to two counts of Sex Trafficking of Children, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1591.
U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker stated, “Sex Trafficking, particularly of children, will not be tolerated in our community, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to ensure that individuals who commit these crimes are found and convicted.”
WILLIAMS’ crimes were first uncovered in January of this year when a young girl reported to police that she and another child had been held against their will by the defendant and forced to perform sex acts for money. At the time of the report, she had been able to escape but was fearful for her friend, who remained in WILLIAMS’ custody. Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to WILLIAMS’ apartment and eventually located the second victim locked in his attic crawl space.
Upon interviewing the girls, detectives learned that WILLIAMS had kept them captive for weeks and months, respectively, beating them and threatening to kill them and their family members if they attempted to escape. During this time, WILLIAMS posted partialy nude photographs of the girls on various websites, advertising them for sex. Men were directed to WILLIAMS’ apartment, where the girls were forced to have sex with them for money. WILLIAMS forced both girls to have sex with him. He also made them perform sexual acts on him while recording it on video.
Once WILLIAMS was arrested, a forensic examination of his cell phone revealed hundreds of images of child pornography, many of which depicted the girls and were created by the defendant himself.
At sentencing, WILLIAMS faces not less than 10 years nor more than life imprisonment along with a fine of up to $250,000 and up to a lifetime of supervised release.
This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Leslie Cooley is prosecuting the case for the United States.