Alan Williams, 54, was arrested Friday and is now facing one felony charge of possession, distributing or exhibiting child pornography.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office was alerted Friday morning that an illegal meeting between an adult and a minor was going to take place that evening.
Investigators from the Department of Homeland Security and West Virginia State Police found Williams’s on Friday in his pickup truck with a minor in front of his home.
Williams’ home is shared with Jefferson County Chief Deputy, Ronald Fletcher. However, Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty confirmed that Fletcher is not being investigated or facing charges related to this case. Dougherty says that Fletcher, and the entire Sheriff’s department, have been cooperating with federal officials in catching Williams. Dougherty confirmed that Fletcher is off-duty to avoid entangling himself with the case. He is expected to return back to work once federal officals have officially announced charges brought against Williams.
The investigation into Williams began April 7. A special agent with the Department of Homeland Security went undercover to reach out to Williams online. During an online exchange, Williams allegedly admitted to sexually abusing a minor in the past. On Friday, April 12, agents from the Department of Homeland Security, as well as West Virginia State Troopers, executed a federal search warrant for Williams at his home.
On Friday, when Williams was arrested, a criminal complaint says he told officials they would find child pornography in the house. Upon searching, 176 CDs/DVDs were found in Williams’ possession. Three images were noted to be sexually explicit photos of minor females between the ages of 8 and 15.
Sheriff Dougherty says this is now a federal investigation. Williams is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.