A 28-year-old Pennsylvania man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison for making video recordings of young men in the public restrooms at the two travel plazas on along I-95 in Harford and Cecil counties.
U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander also ordered that Brian Matthew Williams, of West Chester, Pa., be placed on 50 years of supervised release when he completes his prison term. The sentence in Baltimore Federal District Court was announced by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
Williams pleaded guilty to a single count of receipt of child pornography in October and faced a minimum of five years in prison up to a maximum of 20 years. Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of between 10 and 14 years with a lifetime of supervised release.
According to his plea agreement, on May 6, 2012, Williams spent nearly five hours at the Maryland House travel plaza near Aberdeen and Chesapeake House near North East, walking in and out of the men's restrooms and using his cell phone to make videos of several minor males, most of whom were pre-pubescent, as they used the urinals.
Williams positioned himself at an adjacent urinal and used his cell phone to create 21 videos, prosecutors said. Williams would then leave the restroom and capture full length images of the young boys as they walked out, including their faces. After the parents of one of the victims reported Williams' suspicious behavior to Maryland State Police, he was arrested, charged in Cecil County and released on bond the same day.
On June 13, 2012, a search warrant was executed at Williams' residence and computers and other digital media were seized. A number of hard drives appeared to have been removed and the operating system on the remaining hard drive had been reinstalled on May 28, 2012, according to the statement of facts that is part of Williams' plea agreement. Prosecutors said previously that they seized videos made of at least 11 unidentified juveniles. They sought the public's help by asking anyone who had been at the rest stop on the afternoon of May 6 to call Maryland State Police.
A subsequent background investigation of Williams revealed that he had been questioned by law enforcement on two previous occasions under similar circumstances. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, in 2007, law enforcement contacted Williams after they received several complaints that he had followed minors into the restroom at a college basketball game. In June 2010, Williams was questioned and released after an off-duty police officer saw him in the restroom of a movie theater pointing his cell phone at the genitals of young boys using the urinals.
Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury last June on four counts of production and possession of child pornography.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun