FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A retired employee of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department was sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor, among other charges.
Webster Douglas Williams, III, 56, of Myrtle Beach, was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, travel With intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and possession of child pornography.
Williams was sentenced to 327 months, or 27 years, in prison, according to federal officials. Following Williams' release, he will be required to register as a sex offender, attend sexual offender treatment and submit to polygraph examinations.
Williams was also ordered to pay restitution of $487,350.00 to his victims.
Evidence collected established Williams produced child pornography for six years by filming his activities with the children he was molesting.
Williams also took children to Florida in 2009 and engaged in sexual activities with one of the children, according to investigators.
When Williams' house was searched by the Horry County Police Department in November 2011, more than 1 million images of child pornography were found in the form of pictures and videos on computers and elsewhere, according to officials.
Hidden cameras, computers, and other material used by Williams in producing and collecting the child pornography were also found and seized by law enforcement officials.
The case was investigated by agents of the Horry County Police Department and the FBI.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney's Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.