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Clark County

October 26, 2010

Ex-youth pastor convicted of child exploitation

Clarksville man gets four years in prison

CLARKSVILLE — A former youth pastor from Clarksville was sentenced this month to four years in prison and four years of probation for attempting to meet a teenage girl he chatted with online.

Ronald Wayne Williams, 48, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to two counts of class C felony child exploitation and class D felony dissemination of matter harmful to a minor in Clark County Superior Court No. 1.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, the Greenwood Police Department received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Williams was trying to coerce a 15-year-old girl into performing sexual acts on her webcam as he watched.

Detectives used evidence from the conversation to trace Williams to the 2800 block of Blackiston Mill Road. Detectives from Greenwood, Indiana State Police and Clark County Sheriff’s Department executed a warrant at his residence. Officers saw Williams pulling up his pants as he answered the door, according to court records.

On his computer was a live feed of a partially nude 16-year-old girl performing sex acts. Investigators also found about 20 2-liter plastic bottles filled with urine along with beer bottles and empty food containers.

The 16-year-old told police Williams had added her as a friend on MySpace and threatened to spread embarrassing pictures of her around her school if she did not comply with his demands to get naked on the webcam.

She said that when she began ignoring his messages, he began following her. She said he sent her messages describing what she was wearing at a community swimming pool and at the mall. One day she heard honking behind her house, and he asked her if she had heard him.

When detectives showed the girl a picture of Williams, she said she recognized him from church when she was in elementary school and that she had played with his daughters.

Williams had been a youth pastor at Georgetown Community Church and more recently Henryville Community Church, according to police. He had been removed from his position at the Henryville church a year before he was charged for undisclosed reasons.

Williams, represented by the public defender’s office, was originally charged with 12 felony counts including child solicitation, vicarious sexual gratification, intimidation and stalking.

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