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Toledo man indicted for allegedly taking cellular phone photos of himself sexually assaulting a 2-year old and another young girl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A Toledo man was indicted in federal court after he allegedly took cellular phone photos of himself sexually assaulting a 2-year old child and another young girl.

William Robert Collins, 32, was indicted in U.S. District Court on two counts of production of child pornography and one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography.

“This defendant is accused of sexually abusing two very young girls and recording the crimes,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said. “The allegations are reprehensible and we will hold this defendant accountable for his crimes.”

"The abuse of a child is incomprehensible,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “Individuals, such as Mr. Collins, that choose to engage in the despicable taking and sharing of sexually explicit photos of children will face a court of law. Law enforcement will continue efforts to protect our most precious resource, our children.”

Investigators determined earlier this year that a person using the screen name “biggdikkdaddy” was found to be a member of multiple online groups which shared thousands of images of children, including infants and toddlers, being sexually assaulted, according to court documents.

Subsequent subpoenas revealed the username was registered to William Collins of 633 E. Central Ave. in Toledo. It was determined Collins’ most recent address was 3326 Beaumont Drive in Toledo, according to court documents.

Collins posted numerous sexually explicit images of young girls, as well as images of himself holding his penis. The hand in that photo has unique tattoos with a skull on his left thumb and the word “dilligaf” written on his left hand. Subsequent investigation revealed Collins had tattoos matching the tattoos in the photos, according to court documents.

A federal search warrant was executed at 3326 Beaumont Drive in Toledo on July 10. Collins was present and his cell phone was examined. Investigators found approximately six images of child pornography believed to be produced by Collins. The images are depictions of Collins sexually assaulting a two-year-old and include his hand with the district tattoos, according to court documents.

Collins also sexually assaulted an unidentified female child on November 12, 2018 and created visual depictions of the conduct, according to the indictment.

The investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.  

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Mike Tobin

Updated July 31, 2019

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