US prof held for sex with Filipino kids

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This 2011 image provided by the FBI shows Walter Lee Williams, 64, one of the U.S. FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives has been arrested in the resort city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Tuesday June 18, 2013. Prosecutor Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres says Williams is wanted on charges of sexual exploitation of children and traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with children. AP

LOS ANGELES—A former professor of the University of Southern California (USC) accused of sex crimes involving two children in the Philippines has been deported to the United States after a Mexican citizen recognized his picture in a newspaper and informed the US Embassy.

Walter Lee Williams, 64, will appear in a Los Angeles federal courtroom on Thursday to face charges of sexual exploitation of children and traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with children. He had been placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.

The indictment alleges Williams traveled from Los Angeles to the Philippines to engage in sex acts with two 14-year-old boys he met online in 2010, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

“He allegedly engaged in sexual activity via Internet webcam sessions with these boys and expressed a desire to visit them in the Philippines to have sex,” the indictment stated.

A tip from a Mexican citizen who saw a photograph in a local newspaper and contacted the US Embassy led to Williams’ arrest by Mexican authorities, said Bill Lewis, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. The tipster is eligible for the $100,000 reward.

Williams was captured on Tuesday while drinking coffee near a park in the resort town of Playa del Carmen after Mexican authorities created a ruse to lure him to his local coffee shop, said FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller. He was living under a false name.

 

10 victims

Prosecutor Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres said in Cancun, Mexico, that it wasn’t clear how long Williams had been living in Playa del Carmen and that the fugitive also had an address in nearby Cancun, where he was turned over to Mexican officials.

The prosecutor did not say whether Williams was suspected of committing any crimes in Mexico.

Williams left Cancun on Wednesday accompanied by two US officials on an LA-bound flight.

Evidence indicates that Williams has at least 10 alleged victims including the 14-year-old boys cited in a federal indictment. Investigators believe he has more victims and have not ruled out additional charges, as evidence shows Williams expressed an interest and pursued victims younger than 14, Eimiller said.

Evidence on laptop

Williams’ arrest is the culmination of a two-year investigation that began in 2011 and required federal agents to travel to foreign countries to interview possible victims, witnesses and their families.

A student at the USC informed authorities that Williams may have targeted young boys for sex, and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) started to investigate.

He was questioned upon returning from the Philippines, and on a laptop and a camera authorities found child pornography and evidence he had engaged in sex acts with young boys, said assistant LAPD chief Michel Moore.

In February 2011, Williams left the country for Mexico.

 

Tenured professor

Until then, Williams was a tenured professor who taught history, anthropology and gender studies at the USC.

“The FBI has informed us that at this time there is no evidence that any of his alleged illegal activities were associated with the university or took place on campus,” the university said.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for the former Palm Springs, California, resident in April.

Williams traveled extensively for 25 years throughout Southeast Asia, and specifically the Philippines, according to the FBI. He also lived in Indonesia, Polynesia and Thailand.

“We’re happy this man is off the streets [but] we believe there are other victims who have suffered by this man’s actions and we need to talk with them,” Moore said.

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  • BakbakanNa

    He will be at the mercy of black and Mexican gangs inside US prison. Good for him…

    • Crazy_horse101010

      he will never see them he will be in a section of prison where they keep perverts and rats. the wont be kept in general population because they know they will be killed

      • Chihuahua

        one less pervert off the street, but many more are gathering. for as long as poverty persist, corruption is endemic, stomachs are hungry perverts and predators will find their need satisfied. their $$$$ and their perversion and desires are greater. first is to clean up the mess in your own front yard, before you start complaining about the mess in the yard of your neighbors..

      • Crazy_horse101010

        what am i complaining about. i wish they would hang him along with the child raping priests which is still going on. the last was just arrested in yuba city calif last month. so before you start complaining figure out what you are complaining.about i stating a fact they do not put perverts in general population. period. i wish they would put him in the other prisoners but they wont. anything else

    • kismaytami

      Lucky for him, he’ll gonna have all sex he could ever wish for.

  • jamesgeorge

    What”s up with the philippine police? This pervert was caught in Mexico? They should investigate the boys” parents too, and if found to have abetted this crime, to jail they must go! And i”m sure this guy had victims all over asia!

    • Chihuahua

      oh hello…????? everyone knows the phil police looks the other way when they see $$$$$$$. how can you be so naive, in many cases the parents are in cahoot. its all part of the trade and the industry. the phil, like thailand, cambodia, and other poverty stricken nation have a robust child slave industry catering to foreign child perverts and oftentimes, the industry is sustained and supported by the parents, guardians, cops and even corrupt govt officials. the power of the $$$$$ is very strong when the stomach is empty.

      • jamesgeorge

        Naive? It may be the usual thing involving cops in the philippines but you may not know that when these cases reached the top brass of the phil police, they really put them to jail specially if the dept of justice joins the fray! Don”t judge and conclude that the whole organization is guilty of your “widespread perception that all of them are corrupt”! The system just like in america which is actually the same as in the philippines works fine but not flawlessly!

  • wawa2172

    The power of dollars to lured innocent poor kids to have sex with pedophiles. The US professor is an embarrassment but whose fault? The society now accepts BGLT in the gender mainstream where it was a taboo then. Same sex marriages are now acceptable in many countries. Sex with young girls is against the law but prostitution makes it difficult to prevent it. Sex with young boys is easily detected but the authorities in poor countries like ours are not taking it seriously. Napakarami nang bisexual, gays and transsexual that victimizes young boys dahil kapit sa patalim na rin ang mga bata na biktima nang kahirapan sa bansa. Mamatay sa gutom or have sex for money, the young kids would choose the later since its an easy way to avoid death dahil sa kahirapan.

  • bogli_anakdami

    ay sus ginoo… nagmamalinis pa ang mga flip gung gongs… naglalakwatsa ako doon sa boracay… ‘tong isang matanda eh lumapit at ibinebenta ang isang kawawang bata for a short time iyot/tsupa…

    talaga naman itong mga flip gung gongs eh sagad sa buto ang kawalanghiyaan… mga anak/pulubi eh ibinebenta ng buhay…

    hoy mga flip gung gongs, anong klaseng mga animal kayo, di ba? yun lang…

    • Maongoloid

      At least they don’t eat their babies unlike your kind.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      those people are in survival mode. there are no decent jobs in this country, no senate fury on local human trafficking they don’t get back anything from their effort.

  • gilbongs

    this kind of people deserves the electric chair or firing squad here in bohol we find it oppressive and sad to see western pedophiles roaming around with young boys and girls holding hand in hand and so clear that the are faggots we have a lot of foreigners here who are also doing legitimate businesses but as cover for being a pedophile

  • AllinLawisFair

    You, Walter Lee Williams are repugnant. University professor ka pa naman.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    No senator fury about this sex exploitations of Filipino children by foreignes? Are senators and congressmen of the Philippines pedophiles too?

  • KarlosRegaza

    for survival..

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