Boy testifies he was given drugs, posed for sex tapes

Sykesville man charged with child pornography, sexual offenses is on trial

May 31, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

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 have an impact on sentencing if Williams is convicted.

A second-degree sexual offense carries a maximum penalty of 20 years. A third-degree sexual offense has a maximum penalty of 10 years.

Fred S. Hecker, a Westminster attorney representing Williams, asked the panel of six men and six women to keep an open mind, saying the man they would see in pictures and videos was not his client.

In other testimony yesterday, Lt. Wayne Mann, a 15-year veteran of the Westminster Police Department, said officers carried out a search warrant Oct. 27 at Williams' apartment and seized 43 videotapes, 906 video discs, a computer, digital camera and video camera.

Mann said he viewed about five minutes of one tape found atop a videocassette player in a bedroom and recognized the boy on the screen.

Today, Mann is expected to conclude his testimony after jurors view a 28-minute video, a sampling of what the officer said he found on the tapes and discs seized from the apartment.

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