Teen sentenced for distributing child pornography


BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A teen from southeast Georgia is headed to prison for distributing child pornography.

A judge sentenced Devin Spencer Williams to 17-and-a-half years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Williams, 19, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of distributing child pornography.

Prosecutors said he traded child pornography with others in Blackshear and Brunswick.  Investigators found hundreds of images depicting child pornography on his computer and mobile devices.

Investigators also say Williams chatted with a man in Maine who is not only accused of molesting children in his care, but also with sharing images with Williams.

"It is disturbing that someone so young would engage in trading images of child pornography and would seek images from an active child molester," said U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver.  "His conduct exemplifies how those who seek out these images, either directly or indirectly, encourage others to create more images, and perpetuate the horrific victimization of young children.  Williams committed a serious crime for which the Court correctly imposed lengthy punishment.  The Department of Justice and this United States Attorney's Office will continue efforts to protect children using aggressive prosecution and advocacy for significant sentences for these crimes."

Police initially arrested Williams in October 2013.  He has to register as a sex offender.