LAFAYETTE, La. William Malone46, of Mobile, Alabama, was sentenced today after being convicted by a jury in October 2021 of child exploitation, the United States announced Attorney Brandon B. Brown. United States Chief District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. sentenced Malone to 160 years in prison, followed by life probation. Malone was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $206,580.80.

Malone was indicted on October 7, 2020 by a federal grand jury in Lafayette with five counts of producing child pornography, one count of using a facility to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of possession. child pornography.

Evidence presented at the trial in Lafayette in October 2021 showed that Malone lived in Mobile, Alabama, and worked as the captain of a maritime vessel that sailed from Abbeville in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. Law enforcement officers from the Mobile Police Department and the Child Advocacy Center launched an investigation after receiving complaints that Malone had sexually abused a woman under the age of 12. The underage victim’s mother reported the allegations after learning from her daughter that Malone had sexually assaulted her.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents conducted a forensic examination of the underage victim’s cell phone and found evidence that Malone had texted the underage victim and asked him to send him photos and videos of herself naked and other sexually explicit images of herself. Officers also executed a search warrant on the ship where Malone worked, for his laptop and cell phone. During an examination of Malone’s laptop and cell phone, officers found the sexually explicit images that the underage victim had told law enforcement officers that she had sent to Malone at his request. Malone was later arrested and charged.

“The crimes committed by this defendant are shameful,” said U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown. “This defendant took advantage of the underage victim in this case who admired and trusted him. Instead of respecting this trust she had in him, he tried to intimidate her into keeping quiet about the things he was doing to her that were incomprehensible. He showed no remorse for the horrific acts he committed. But this underage victim had the courage to tell someone what he did to her and today she emerged victorious knowing that he will never hurt another victim in this way again. We will continue to fight for the victims who are forever scarred by guilty defendants like this. »

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Mobile, Alabama Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys J. Luke Walker and Craig R. Bordelon, II.

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