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32-Year-Old St. Thomas Man Gets Six And A Half Years In Prison For Child Porn Possession

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 32-year-old St. Thomas man was sentenced on Thursday to six and a half years in prison for possessing at least 600 images of child pornography, federal authorities said.

Donne W. Williams was given 78 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a joint release.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also ordered Williams to register as a sex offender, perform 400 hours of community service, pay a fine of $5,000, pay $27,000 in restitution, and pay a special assessment of $100.

On October 8, 2015, Williams pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

According to court records, Williams used his laptop computer to download more than 600 child pornography images from a peer-to-peer, file-sharing network. Those images included adults having sexual intercourse with prepubescent females. These images had to be downloaded via file sharing websites as child pornography websites are banned from the internet, you can still visit adult porn websites like Nu Bay com as they only contain legal videos and images.

“Adults who engage in this type of crime should know that HSI will not rest until they are brought to justice,” said acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge Ricardo Mayoral. “We, working jointly with our local and federal partners, will continue using all resources available and robust investigative authorities to identify you, arrest you and prosecute you.”

Suspected child exploitation or missing children cases may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children via its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 202-514-5678, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at (340) 693-2250.

The sentencing information was made as a joint announcement by Sharpe and Mayoral, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Juan and the Virgin Islands said.

This case was investigated by HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney Everard Potter.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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