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Date: 03-23-2020

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United States of America v. Joseph Williams

Case Number: 5:19-cr-00297-TJM

Judge: Thomas J. McAvoy

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Onondaga County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Geoffrey J.L. Brown

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Syracuse, NY - The United States of America charged Joseph Williams with receiving and possessing child pornography.

Joseph Williams, age 31, of Watertown, New York, was sentenced on Wednesday to serve 160 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Susan Ferensic, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett.

As part of his earlier guilty plea, Williams admitted that he used the Kik Messenger application to trade child pornography with other Kik users in 2016. Execution of search warrants on Williamsí computers in February 2018 revealed that he possessed 4,875 images and 2,052 video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including depictions of the rape and sodomy of prepubescent children and toddlers. In addition to the large number of files he possessed, other factors taken into account in sentencing included Williamsí admission that he took surreptitious pictures of children in the community and shared them with others on the Internet, and that he possessed a manual on how to find, groom, and sexually abuse children.

Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also imposed a 20-year term of supervised release, which will start after Williams is released from prison, ordered a $300 special assessment, and restitution in the amount of $3,000 per victim for each of 15 children depicted in the images and videos that Williams received, distributed, and possessed. As a result of his conviction, Williams will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New York State Police.

18:2252A.F - DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

18:2252A.F - RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

18:2252A.F - POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY plus Forfeiture Allegation

Outcome: Deft sentenced to 160 months on each of Cts 1-3, to run concurrently; Court makes sex offender treatment and designation recommendations; Deft placed on Supervised Release for 20 years on each count, to run concurrently; Deft to comply w/standard and special conditions as stated; Deft to pay restitution and to forfeit items / property as stated; Deft directed to pay $300.00 Special Assessment.

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