Former CA professor in PH sex tourism case sentenced

After striking a plea deal earlier this year, the former college professor, accused of traveling to the Philippines to have sex with children was sentenced in a federal court room.

Former University of Southern California professor Walter Lee Williams appeared in federal court on Monday dressed in his prison jacket, sitting in his wheel chair.

The ailing 65-year-old was sentenced to five years in prison, 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $25,000 (more than P1 million) in restitution to seven Philippine-based victims. The victims will each receive over $3,500 (P150,000) each.

Williams said he accepts full responsibility.

A plea deal made in September shows that the former anthropology and gender professor admitted to meeting two Filipino teenage boys online in 2010.

He traveled to the Philippines in 2011 and had sexual contact with the two and other minors.

In 2013 authorities began questioning Williams he then fled to Mexico and was apprehended shortly after landing on the FBI’s most wanted fugitives list.

The 10 year supervised release that Williams faces comes with many restrictions, including sex offender registration, restricted contact with minors, monitoring of his internet and computer use as well as counseling.

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