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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 26, 2018

Two-Time Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Attempted Production Of Child Pornography

Tampa, Florida – William Patrick King (35, Columbia, Maryland) has pleaded guilty to attempted production of child pornography. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 35 years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, between December 2016 and February 2017, King attempted to persuade a 17-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. King met the victim on a teen-dating website and communicated with her by phone and via Facebook, Skype, and text messages. He told the victim that he was 18 years old, when in fact he was then 34 years old. King asked the girl to produce and send him child pornography. He also engaged in nude chats with the victim, and she sent him photographs.

King is a registered sex offender and has two prior convictions in Maryland for the sexual exploitation of children.

This case was investigated by the FBI. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.

It is another case 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 United States Attorneys Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated February 26, 2018