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Tacoma man sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for production and possession of images of child sexual abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Sentence resolves state and federal charges for molesting two children under the age of six

Tacoma – A 37-year-old Tacoma, Washington, man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 198 months in prison for production and possession of images of child sexual abuse. William Alexander Crisolo has been detained since his arrest on October 1, 2021, when an investigation revealed Crisolo was using computer networks to trade sexually explicit images of young children. At the sentencing hearing, Chief U.S. District Judge David G. Estudillo said, "There is one unbreakable rule.... to protect (a) child. To do no harm. You betrayed that rule... The trauma you caused will last a lifetime." 

According to records filed in the case, Homeland Security Cyber Crimes Center received a tip from a foreign law enforcement agency that Crisolo was claiming, via internet chats, that he was abusing two different minor children and filming the abuse. Law enforcement moved to search Crisolo’s residence and electronic devices. On his custom-built computer, investigators found more than 4,000 child sexual abuse images and 100 child sexual abuse videos. On Crisolo’s phone, law enforcement identified sexually explicit images of the two young child victims.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Tacoma Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Zachary Dillon and Matthew Hampton.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or

Updated October 6, 2023

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