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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Man gets 100 years in child porn case

A former Monroe County Public Works employee arrested in December for making and possessing child pornography was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison Thursday.

Scott Michael Williams, 48, an electrician who worked in the Freeman Justice Center in Key West, pleaded guilty on March 14 to two counts of production of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and possession of a firearm by a felon.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Federico A. Moreno sentenced Williams to the maximum on the child porn production charges and overruled William's objections to the government's pre-sentence recommendations, according to court documents.

Among Williams' objections were that none of the images "portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct, or other depictions of violence" and "no pain caused by any alleged penetration," according to court documents.

He also argued that he accepted responsibility, and that he was sexually abused by his older brother, documents state. Williams' sentencing memorandum also states that when he was 16 he shot his older brother in the groin.

The indictment names two minors, known as "victim 1" and "victim 2." In both counts, prosecutors wrote that Williams "did use, persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor, that is Victim #1 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose" of producing child porn.

The same language was used for the other minor.

The court papers did not state where Williams produced the images. County officials searched Williams' work computer and didn't find anything out of the ordinary, County Administrator Roman Gastesi said when Williams was arrested.

The Department of Justice has declined to state where the porn was made as well as whether either minor lived in Monroe County, via an email DOJ spokeswoman Annette Castillo sent to The Citizen.

Williams resigned from his job with Monroe County on Dec. 21, the day the indictment was made public, according to county records.

A Department of Homeland Security special agent began investigating Williams on July 30, 2012, when he identified a computer user on peer-to-peer file software Gnutella that had a folder containing images of child pornography, court records state.

That user was identified as Williams after the agent tracked 1,065 video and picture files back to his computer using the IT address, records state.

One of the videos allegedly depicts a man having sex with a girl who appears to be under 13 years old, and others include images of men having sex with a girl under 10, according to court records.

On Dec. 5, federal agents raided Williams' Northside Drive apartment and allegedly found a laptop computer with 16 movie files of child pornography that were viewed by agents, who noted there were an additional 600 movies with similar titles that they did not view, records state.

They also reportedly found a loaded .40-caliber handgun in a bedroom.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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