Attorney indicted on child porn charges

July 1, 2008 8:19:34 AM PDT
A Houston attorney has been arrested for allegedly attempting to receive and possess child pornography, as well as destruction of records.Warren Reid Williamson, 56, was arrested Monday. He's been charged in a nine-count indictment with one count of attempt to receive child pornography, six counts of receiving child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of destruction of records. He is set for a detention hearing and arraignment Wednesday, July 2 at 10am.

The indictment accuses Williamson of attempting to receive images of child pornography between December 16, 2005, and February 7, 2007, and accuses Williamson of actually receiving images of child pornography on six different dates in July and August 2007. The eighth count alleges Williamson possessed images of child pornography on a computer in November 2007. The ninth count accuses Williamson of destroying or altering records with the intent to obstruct a federal investigation.

The charges against Williamson are the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Child Predator/Cybercrime squad in the Houston office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement which focuses its attention on investigating offenses involving the exploitation of children. Williamson faces a mandatory minimum statutory sentence of five years imprisonment up to a maximum of 20 years for attempted receipt and receipt of child pornography if convicted of any one of these counts.

The possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, while the destruction of records carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. All counts also carry a maximum fine of $250,000 as possible punishment.

If convicted, Williamson also faces a maximum of life on supervised release upon completion of any prison term imposed during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.

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