Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and William T. Sims, Special Agent in Charge, of the United States Secret Service, announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Miami, Florida, returned an Indictment charging Michael Williams with presenting photographs of minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct and with possession of child pornography. If convicted, Williams faces a minimum statutory penalty of five (5) years’ imprisonment and maximum statutory penalty of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment.
According to the Indictment and criminal complaint, Williams, on April 26, 2004, expressed an interest in swapping nude pictures of his toddler with other individuals in an internet chat room. An undercover agent, who posed as a parent with a 10-year-old daughter, responded to Williams. Williams, in turn, expressed his willingness to allow the undercover agent to engage in sexual activity with his daughter in exchange for meeting and looking at the undercover agent’s daughter. Later, Williams posted a computer hyperlink in the chat room that contained pornographic images of males and females under 18 years old. On April 30, 2004, a federal search warrant led to the discovery of images of child pornography stored on computers in Williams’ residence.
Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the United States Secret Service, Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Greg Munson.