Americus Man Sentenced For Child Pornography Possession
United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia G.F. Peterman, III announced William C. Jones, age 61, of Americus, Georgia was sentenced by the Honorable Clay D. Land, United States District Court Judge, in Columbus, Georgia,December 8, 2016 to 120 months imprisonment for possession of child pornography which had been shipped or transported for interstate commerce . Mr. Jones pled guilty to Count One of the indictment on August 2, 2016.
On April 24, 2014, Mr. Jones was observed by campus staff at Columbus Technical College in Columbus, Georgia looking at inappropriate photos of young boys on a computer in one of the library study rooms. Campus Security was called and when Mr. Jones realized he was being watched, he immediately closed the website he was viewing. One of the officers noticed a USB flash drive in the computer that contained inappropriate images of children. Mr. Jones admitted to deputies that he was looking at underage males but denied the images were pornographic. He confirmed he had been released from prison for possession of child pornography on January 6, 2014 and came to the campus a couple times a week. A search warrant for external hard drives and DVDs that belonged to Mr. Jones contained a total of 1,510 digital photos of young males ranging in ages from 8 to 18. Many of the images depicted nudity and sex.
The case was investigated by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Crawford Seals prosecuted the case on behalf of the Government.
Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.