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Pioneering Queer Studies Professor Busted for Sex with Kids
8 Sep 2014
A pioneering professor at the University of California pled guilty on Friday of traveling to foreign countries to have sex with underage boys. The professor, Walter Lee Williams, was a pioneer in what is called "queer studies" and worked at USC for twenty years and won many awards, including a Fulbright.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Professor Williams was apprehended a year ago, only a day before he was to be named one of the FBI's most wanted criminals. Authorities charge the professor with having at least ten victims, many of whom he "groomed" online.
The Times reports, "An attorney for USC last year provided the FBI with materials the professor donated to the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives that contained 'lascivious visual depictions of minors,' according to the plea agreement. FBI agents also obtained similar images from Williams' former home."
When he was first arrested in 2011 at Los Angeles International Airport, Williams was in possession of child pornography.
Walter Lee Williams, 65, entered a guilty plea in a Los Angeles court in exchange for a prison sentence no longer than five years, followed by 10 years of supervised release.The disgraced professor of anthropology, gender and sexuality studies will have to pay $25,000 restitution, which will be divvied up among his seven victims, and he will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Appearing before District Judge Philip Gutierrez in a wheelchair Friday, Williams pleaded guilty to one federal count of engaging in illicit sexual contact in foreign places.He was then returned back to jail, along the way smiling at his family members sitting in the audience and shrugging his shoulders, City News Service reported, via The Desert Sun.
Williams will be officially sentenced December 15.Williams made international headlines in June 2013 when he was captured by Mexican authorities in the resort city of Playa del Carmen.
The disgraced educator had been placed on FBI’s list of Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in connection to sex crimes involving young boys living abroad.Garcia said Williams was captured late Tuesday while drinking coffee near a park in the Caribbean beach town.
The indictment alleged that Williams traveled from Los Angeles to the Philippines in January 2011 to engage in sex acts with two boys, ages 13 and 14, he met online in 2010.While in the Philippines, Williams sexually exploited both boys, one of whom he also photographed in the nude. He also had sexual relations with a 15 year and three other boys, all aged 16.
Williams fled the Los Angeles area approximately one week after returning from the Philippines.
Until 2011, Williams was a highly respected tenured professor at the University of Southern California where his field of study was gender development and sexuality.
Williams was also affiliated with the Buddhist Universal Association of Los Angeles, California, according to the FBI.
‘Williams has an extensive history of travel throughout the South East Asia region, specifically the Philippines,’ the FBI said following his arrest. ‘He has reportedly resided in Indonesia, Polynesia and Thailand.’
Prosecutors alleged that Williams, a Fulbright Award winner once named USC’s Outstanding Teacher, used those foreign trips to prey on at least 10 children ranging in age from 9 to 17, reported the Los Angeles Times.
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