A 14-year-old boy told a Carroll County jury yesterday that he was given alcohol and marijuana to pose naked and perform sexual acts with a Sykesville man who is on trial on charges of child pornography and sexual offenses.
The boy, who is not being named because of his age, said he was 13 last summer when the defendant, William Russell Williams, 45, offered him $500 to make a sexually explicit movie.
Williams has pleaded not guilty.
The boy's testimony came on the first day of an expected three-day trial in Carroll Circuit Court. The boy wore a three-piece suit and open-collar dress shirt and referred to the defendant as "Russell" or "Mr. Williams" during nearly an hour and 40 minutes on the witness stand.
The boy said that Williams was "like a father to me" and that he had spent almost every weekend in 1998 and most of last year staying with Williams, who then lived in Westminster.
Williams, according to the youth, took him to dinner nearly every weekend and taught him about computers. He said he got angry when Williams didn't keep a promise to take him to a wrestling match for his 14th birthday.
Between September 1998 and Oct. 27, 1999, the boy said he used alcohol, marijuana or both when he engaged in sexual acts, performed for videotapes or posed for sexually explicit images.
In opening statements, Prosecutor Tracey A. Gilmore, deputy state's attorney for Carroll County, said the sexual offenses allegedly occurred when the youth was younger than 14, making the offenses more serious.
The boy's age at the time of the alleged incident could affect sentencing if Williams is convicted.