Special to SEGAZINE
A 19-year-old Pierce County man remains jailed awaiting trial on charges that he solicited child pornography then received images from a man who was molesting a 7-year-old boy, court records show.
A federal grand jury sitting in Savannah indicted Devin Spencer Williams Oct. 8. That was shortly after Peter J. Amodeo, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigation, filed a sworn affidavit asserting that agents in Bangor, Maine, had conducted an investigation of an individual who admitted to producing and trading child pornography by email. The agents in Bangor executed a search warrant on that individual’s email and learned it had been used to distribute email to an account called big.hamster.
Agents traced it to an Internet subscriber in Blackshear and to an alternate email address, the affidavit says.
Reviewing the email account, agents discovered that on July 8, 39 images of a man having sex with a boy were sent to big.hamster, Amodeo said in the affidavit.
After receiving Amodeo’s affidavit, U.S. Magistrate James E. Graham in Brunswick issued a warrant for Williams’ arrest.
The grand jury indictment charges Williams with a single count of using a computer to solicit child pornography and five counts of receiving child pornography between July 3 and 19.
During an Oct. 15 detention hearing, Graham found that Williams faces a prison term of more than 10 years, that there is a serious risk he may not appear for court and that there is also a serious risk he would endanger the safety of others in the community.
Should Williams be convicted of all charges, he faces not less than 15 years on the charge of soliciting child pornography and not less than five years on each charge of receiving child pornography, Graham’s detention order says.
Graham ordered Williams detained away from other inmates until his trial, for which no date has been set.