United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota

07/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/23/2021 12:03

New Jersey Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Middletown, New Jersey, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.

James W. Williams, age 26, was indicted on May 20, 2021. Williams appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on July 16, 2021, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to lifetime supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each charge. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Williams receiving and possessing computer images of child pornography between November 2019 and December 2020 in South Dakota. The charges are merely accusations and Williams is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is a joint effort between Homeland Security Investigations, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Sazama is prosecuting the case.

Williams was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for September 21, 2021.