Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced William Patrick King (36) to 35 years in federal prison for attempted production of child pornography. King had pleaded guilty on February 22, 2018.
According to court documents, King met a 17-year-old girl from Tampa on a teen dating website. He falsely told her that he was 18 years old, when in fact he was then 34 years old. King communicated with the teen using Facebook, Skype, and by phone and text messages. He asked her to produce and send him explicit photos and engaged in nude video chats with her.
King has two prior sex offense convictions in Maryland that involved children.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.
It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.