Truck Driver Sentenced to Max in Child Pornography Case
LAREDO, Texas – A truck driver, initially attempting to transport illegal aliens through the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint, has been ordered to federal prison after authorities found child pornography on his cell phone, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Timothy Glenn Williams, 50, of Carl Junction, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on Nov. 12, 2014.
As part of the sentencing which concluded at a hearing this afternoon, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo heard additional evidence regarding Williams’ contact list from his cell phone which included 83 underage females he claimed to have met online. Although their birthdates clearly appeared on his phone, Williams attempted to convince the court that he did not realize all of the girls were underage and that he did not know he had befriended so many young females online. Judge Marmolejo ultimately handed Williams a sentence of 120 months, the statutory maximum, in federal prison to be immediately followed by 25 years of supervised release. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.
On May 8, 2012, Williams was arrested at the BP station located on Interstate 35, north of Laredo, for transporting illegal aliens within the U.S. for profit. A BP canine had alerted to the tractor and he was driving which led authorities to conduct further inspection. A total of 15 aliens were subsequently discovered within the trailer. Upon further investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, they found suspected images of child pornography on Williams’ cell phone. Forensic analysis ultimately led to the discovery of 297 images of child pornography in his possession. Williams also admitted to HSI agents that he had downloaded the child pornography from the Internet.
Williams has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
HSI investigated with the assistance of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonah Lee is prosecuting the case.