Westminster man freed on bond in sex offense cases

January 13, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man accused of offering to pay two teen-age boys for sexually explicit pictures he planned to use to start a pornographic Web site was released yesterday on unsecured bond, court records show.

William R. Williams, 45, a dump truck driver, lived in the first block of George St. when he was arrested Oct. 27.

Fred Hecker, a Westminster attorney representing Williams, told Judge M. Michael Galloway during a bond review hearing in Carroll Circuit Court that his client will live in Reisterstown until his trial in April.

According to prosecutor Laura Kozlowski, Hecker sought to have $50,000 bail reduced in each of two cases against Williams so his client could better assist in his defense and receive psychological counseling.

The doctor who evaluates inmates at the county jail could not work with Williams because she is counseling one of the alleged victims, Kozlowski said.

The prosecutor said she "argued very strenuously" for Williams to remain in jail until the trial.

"I'm disappointed his bond was made unsecured," she said. "I'm concerned for public safety, and one of boys is very afraid."

Williams, who is charged on two counts each of soliciting minors for pornographic purposes, permitting minors to engage in pornographic activity and filming minors in sexual activity, has no previous criminal record, Kozlowski said.

According to court documents, a grandmother of one of the boys took the boy to Westminster police Oct. 27. He told police he spent the night at Williams' home, where he was enticed with peach schnapps to take pictures of himself while he was being videotaped by Williams.

The boys, ages 15 and 14, were not named because of their youth.

Police said they seized a computer, digital camera, video camcorder, 43 videotapes, 906 video discs, a bottle of peach schnapps and several sexually explicit magazines belonging to Williams.

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