Ex-Florida officer gets life sentence for child sex abuse

prison bars
Posted at 4:32 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 16:32:00-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for paying a Texas woman to sexually abuse her toddler daughter and send photos to him.

A U.S. Attorney's Office news release says former Jacksonville officer Michael Eugene Williams was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty last June to sex trafficking of a child.

Federal prosecutors say the 61-year-old Williams asked the woman to photograph the sexual abuse of her then-3-year-old daughter and to sell the images to him.

The investigation began after the sheriff's office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A search of Williams' house uncovered hundreds of child pornography images and videos.

The woman received 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)