JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A former Jacksonville's Sheriff's officer has been arrested for seeking and receiving child pornography of a 3-year-old girl from Texas.
Michael Eugene Williams, 59, was charged with publishing a notice seeking child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, the Department of Justice said in a release on Monday.
If convicted of all counts, Williams would face a minimum mandatory term of 20 years (up to 60 years) in federal prison.
On July 7, police searched Williams' home after receiving a tip that he was uploading child pornography for sharing to Google Drive. Agents said they seized electronic devices - including a cell phone and a tablet that belong to Williams - and forensic examination revealed that Williams contacted a woman in Texas had a 3-year-old daughter.
A text message was linked to the woman, who had produced pornographic images of her daughter. She sent he images to Williams in exchange for money that wired to her via Western Union, authorities said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in Jacksonville and Dallas coordinated with the Cleburne Police Department to obtain a warrant to search the woman's home. Agents said she admitted to sending sexually explicit images of her daughter to Williams in exchange for money.
She also admitted to keeping contact with Williams through a messaging app.
Additional examination of Williams' cell phone revealed more child pornography on from the woman in Texas. The Department of Justice said there were conversations where Williams discussed his desire to engage in "sexual conduct" with the child.
Williams was arrested and is being held pending a hearing scheduled detention hearing on Friday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m.