D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A D'Iberville man will be 95 before he'll get a chance at freedom again, after pleading guilty to sexual crimes against children.
Jeffrey Eugene Williams, 40, was sentenced Monday to serve 55 years without the possibility of early release. Williams was set to go to trial June 3rd on charges of Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes and Exploitation of a Child, but chose instead to plead guilty.
Investigators first learned of the crimes in July 2011 when a 5-year-old girl told her mother that Williams touched her inappropriately during a sleepover. The girl was a friend of the defendant's daughter.
Following a forensic interview with the victim and further investigation, officers from the D'Iberville Police Department obtained a warrant to search Williams home and electronic devices. One of the items collected was the defendant's cell phone. On that phone, officers found several photographs, taken by Williams, of young girls in sexually explicit poses.
"Williams has two young daughters who were living with him in D'Iberville at the time of his crimes. The evidence showed that the victims of his crimes were friends of his daughters who would come over and play during the summer months," said Assistant District Attorney George Huffman, who prosecuted the case.
Prior to sentencing, Judge Lisa Dodson told Williams that he offered nothing but excuses for his behavior. She went on to note that "you were using your young daughters as bait."
Williams is originally from Kansas, and has similar charges still pending against him in that state. Those charges came to light after his arrest in Mississippi.
"Research indicates that one out of every four girls is sexually abused and 90 percent of child predators are either acquainted with or related to their victims," said District Attorney Joel Smith. "It is so important that parents and caregivers explain to children about unwanted or inappropriate touches and make sure they know how to get help if an abusive situation arises. Knowledge and communication are crucial to helping protect children from sexual abuse."
Learn more about how to talk to your child about inappropriate touching and sexual abuse: http://1.usa.gov/10iA3N9