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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Navy Chief Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

NORFOLK, Va. – Sterlin D. Williams, 38, of Virginia Beach, pleaded guilty today to production of child pornography.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Williams admitted that he created a video of himself engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 12 years old during the summer of 2015.

Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 17, 2016, and faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when sentenced on April 27. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Maureen Evans, Special Agent in Charge, NCIS Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyssa K. Nichol is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:16-cr-161.

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