Former JSO officer reaches plea deal in child sex trafficking case

Former JSO officer reaches plea deal in child sex trafficking case

The former officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office accused of paying a woman in Texas for pornography that also involved the woman's child has pleaded guilty according to documents from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The plea agreement shows Michael Eugene Williams, 60, admitted to one of the eight charges he faces.

Williams pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child, which is a mandatory sentence of at least 15 years in prison.

The plea agreement document show Williams has also been charged with sexual exploitations of children, three counts of sexual exploitation of children, and three counts of activities constituting or containing child pornography. Those charges will be dropped at the time of his sentencing according to the plea agreement.

The complaint was filed against Williams in mid-October 2016, with an indictment coming less than a week later.

Prosecutors say Williams paid a woman in Texas hundreds of dollars for explicit images and videos of child porn involving her daughter.

Court records show Williams would tell the woman what sexual things to do to the child, who was initially identified as three-years-old and is now listed as four-years-old in the new documents.

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He also engaged in explicit chats with the woman, and investigators found some of the transactions even took place after Williams’ home was first searched by police.

The plea agreement shows Williams solicited the Texas woman for the photos and videos between February 2016 and September 2016. The investigation started after a cyber tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was passed along to JSO’s Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Williams left JSO for “personal reasons” in 2011 after almost 17 years on the force. The plea agreement says some of his retirement income from his time with JSO was used to pay for the photos and videos of the sexual abuse of the child.

Investigators found 453 images and five videos of child pornography on Williams’ electronic devices, with many of the files showing “graphic sexual abuse of infants and toddlers”. Williams also exchanged 337 messages with the girl’s mother, almost all about the four-year-old.

As soon as investigators learned of the sexual abuse, the child was removed from the home.