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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 27, 2015

Convicted Child Pornographer Who Targeted Daycare Attendees Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison

SAN DIEGO – William Michael Howard was sentenced today to 40 years in prison for creating sexually explicit videos of three girls - ages 3, 5 and 7 - who attended a San Diego daycare operated by his girlfriend’s family.

Howard, 24, pleaded guilty in September 2014 to three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. In his plea agreement, he admitted videotaping each girl’s private parts in three separate instances in 2013 and early 2014. One video was recorded when the 7-year-old was in his care. In the videos, Howard’s voice can be heard or one of his hands is seen removing a child’s clothing and posing her for the camera.

U.S. District Judge William Q. Hayes also ordered a lifetime of supervision following his release.


DEFENDANTS   Case Number: 14CR1430
William Michael Howard Age: 24 San Diego, California
 
CHARGES

Counts 1-3: Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a) – Sexual Exploitation of a Minor; Maximum Penalty 30 years in prison per count, and mandatory minimum 15 years per count; Maximum $250,000 fine.

 
INVESTIGATING AGENCIES

San Diego Police Department
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Updated July 23, 2015