Former Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses
PITTSBURGH - An Allegheny County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of distribution and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.
The two-count indictment, returned on March 21 and unsealed Wednesday, named Walter B. Williams, 45, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, Williams distributed videos containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. The indictment further alleges that Williams knowingly possessed videos and images in computer graphics and digital files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some of whom had not yet attained 12 years of age.
“HSI special agents will relentlessly pursue predators who deal in the exploitation of images our children,” said Marlon V. Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. “Thanks to the ceaseless efforts of our highly skilled HSI special agents another sexual predator will face justice.”
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Shaun E. Sweeney is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.