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      Myrtle Beach man convicted of producing child porn

      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- A 55-year-old Myrtle Beach man pleaded guilty Friday to producing child pornography.

      According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Webster Douglas Williams III entered the guilty plea in federal court to traveling to engage in sex acts with a minor and possession of child porn.

      Prosecutors showed that Williams had produced child porn for more than five years by filming his acts with children ranging in ages from 4 to 11. Williams also took children to Florida where he engaged in sexual activities with one of the children, prosecutors said.

      When Williams' house was searched by the Horry County Police Department in November 2011, more than one million images of child pornography were found in the form of pictures and videos on computers, cd's and elsewhere. Hidden cameras, computers, CDs and other material used by Williams in producing and collecting child pornography were also found and seized.

      According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the maximum sentence Williams faces for producing the child porn is 30 years and $250,000. He faces the same sentence for traveling across state lines to commit sex acts with children; and the possession charge carries a sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

      The case was investigated as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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