Walter Lee Williams

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Walter Lee Williams
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
Charges Sexual Exploitation of Children; Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct; Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places; Criminal Forfeiture
Reward $100,000
Description
Born (1948-11-03) November 3, 1948 (age 66)
Nationality American
Race White
Gender Male
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Status
Added June 17, 2013
Caught June 18, 2013
Number 500
Captured

Walter Lee Williams (born November 3, 1948) is a former professor of Anthropology, History, and Gender Studies, at the University of Southern California. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Queer studies, with a long background in human rights activism.[1][2] Williams was arrested in Mexico on suspicion of sex crimes against children and was extradited back to Los Angeles.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

As a teenager in Atlanta in the 1960s, he was inspired by Martin Luther King to get involved in the civil rights movement, and in 1978 he switched to gay activism due to Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children campaign.[1]

Williams graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Ph.D in History and Anthropology. He has published ten books and taught American Indian Studies.[5][6] He has also been recognized for his work with the gay and lesbian community.[7] An ethnographer, Williams has also traveled throughout the American Southwest to study Native American tribes and one of his areas of research and expertise has been the "sexuality of the South Pacific."

Sexual offences[edit]

Walter Lee Williams was wanted on charges of sexual exploitation of young boys and traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with prepubescent children. On April 30, 2013, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Williams in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, California, for sexual exploitation of children, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, and criminal forfeiture. Williams was accused of engaging in sexual acts with under-aged boys in the Philippines via webcam.[8]

On June 17, 2013, he was placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Williams was the 500th addition to the list of the FBI's ten most wanted fugitives.[9][10]

The FBI was informed by a Mexican citizen, who was eligible for the $100,000 reward. The FBI, with reasonable suspicion, went through Williams' computer, finding child pornography.[8] Williams was captured one day after being featured on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list. He was extradited back to Los Angeles, California soon after.

Profile[edit]

Web site of the Federal Bureau of Investigation listing Walter Lee Williams as captured on the Most Wanted List on July 26, 2013.

Williams is 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall, weighs 180 pounds (82 kg), has greyish-brown hair and brown eyes, and is a former professor for Anthropology & Gender Studies at USC most recently and UCLA in the 1980s.[citation needed]

Williams has lived as an retired academic in Palm Springs, California writing, publishing, in the resort town of Playa del Carmen. In January 2011, Williams traveled to the Philippines to have sexual relationships and "[produce] sexually explicit photos" with these and other victims.[8] He had webcam sex with male minors in Asian countries, traveling to various Asian countries to have sex with children, and sharing child pornography images with friends.[2]

He was affiliated with a religious organization known as the Buddhist Universal Association in Los Angeles. FBI spokeswoman Eimiller said the group espoused an ideology of "extreme sexual freedoms." During investigations information surfaced concerning the practices of the group which included that members took a vow of celibacy, but were still allowed to have sex with young boys.[6][11]

He has traveled throughout the South East Asia region, especially the Philippines. He has reportedly lived in Indonesia, Polynesia, and Thailand. He might have considered fleeing to Mexico or Peru.[9][12] He was arrested in Mexico the day after he was put on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Walter L. Williams". Teachin for Equality. 2006–2007. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b . June 2013 http://news.yahoo.com/fbi-most-wanted-professor-walter-lee-williams-arrested-211252513--abc-news-topstories.html. Retrieved 4 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ . 2013 http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/walter-lee-williams/. Retrieved 4 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ . June 2013 http://ktla.com/2013/06/20/fmr-usc-professor-added-to-fbis-most-wanted-list/#axzz2sMUc9gk0/. Retrieved 4 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.worldpolicy.newschool.edu/wpi/globalrights/sexorient/williams.html/. Retrieved 4 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b . June 19, 2013 http://www.heavy.com/news/2013/06/walter-lee-williams-caught-most-wanted-pedophile/. Retrieved 3 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ . June 19, 2013 http://www.heavy.com/news/2013/06/walter-lee-williams-caught-most-wanted-pedophile/. Retrieved 3 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b c FBI 'Most Wanted' Professor Walter Lee Williams Being Deported From Mexico - ABC News
  9. ^ a b "WALTER LEE WILLIAMS". FBI.gov. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Walter Lee Williams, former USC professor, is 500th person to be added to FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list". CBS News. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  11. ^ . June 24, 2013 http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2013/06/24/op-ed-how-renowned-gay-writer-made-fbis-most-wanted-list. Retrieved 3 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Walter Lee Williams, former USC professor, is the 500th person to be added to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list". CBS News. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ex-USC Professor Added to Most Wanted List Arrested in Mexica". KTLA TV. Retrieved 19 June 2013.