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Man gets 55 years in child porn cases


A Sykesville man who was convicted in separate jury trials on child pornography charges was sentenced yesterday to 55 years in prison, one of the longest terms imposed by a Carroll judge in recent memory, prosecutors said.

Prosecutor Tracey A. Gilmore argued for maximum sentences against William Russell Williams, 46, calling the former Westminster resident a predator who took advantage of two young boys.

The Sun is not publishing the names of either boy because of their ages and the nature of the crimes.

Williams was arrested in October on charges of child abuse, child pornography, sodomy and second-degree sexual offenses involving a 13-year-old boy. In the other case, Williams was charged with child pornography for allowing a 15-year-old boy to take pornographic digital pictures of himself .

"As soon as [the 13-year-old boy] broke off and wouldn't have anything to do with him, Williams took up with [the 15-year-old boy] in a very short time," Gilmore said. "He was a true predator."

Although Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. didn't impose the toughest penalties, Gilmore said, Williams' sentencing was "very appropriate" and a 55-year sentence was one of the longest imposed in the county in some time.

During a three-day trial in June, jurors watched a 28 1/2 -minute silent home video shot in Williams' bedroom, where he had used alcohol and marijuana to entice the 13-year-old boy to participate in various sexual activities.

At a one-day trial in July, jurors took less than two hours to render guilty verdicts after hearing how Williams lured the 15-year-old boy to his home on the pretext of teaching him how to build a computer in summer 1999.

Burns, who presided at both trials, expressed sympathy for the juveniles.

"I think everyone felt bad for the victims," said Gilmore. "It's going to affect them for the rest of their lives."

In the case involving the 13-year-old, Burns imposed a 10-year term for the child pornography charge and a 15-year concurrent term for child abuse.

He imposed 20-year terms on each of three second-degree sexual offenses after merging them with other charges such as sodomy. Two of the terms were made consecutive, and the other was made concurrent.

Burns imposed no additional prison time in the second case involving the 15-year-old. The judge suspended a 10-year consecutive term for child pornography and ordered that Williams be placed on five years' probation after he is released from prison.

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