PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.
Walter B. Williams, 46, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on June 2, 2016, Williams possessed more than 300 videos and 1300 images in computer graphics and digital files, depicting the sexual exploitation of children, many of whom were under the age of 12 years.
Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for October 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court continued bond.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Williams.