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May 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

20-year sentence for man who photographed Federal Way molestation

A felon who photographed himself repeatedly molesting a 10-year-old girl was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison.

Steven Maurice Williams, 43, of Seattle, also will have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison. He was convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle of production of child pornography and illegally possessing a gun. His federal sentence will be served alongside whatever sentence a King County judge hands down this summer for separate convictions in state court on three counts of child rape.

Williams “violated a young child, shattering her trust and that of her family,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a news release.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik called Williams’ crimes “horrible and deserving of severe punishment.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Williams began molesting the girl when she was 7, while he was involved with the girl’s mother and caring for the child when the mother was at work. The abuse came to light after one of his sons discovered images of his father molesting the child on a digital card he was using to record a video game, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Investigators recovered 76 images of the girl, along with other child pornography retrieved by police in a search of a storage locker.

Federal Way police, who investigated the case, said Williams had two guns, which he was barred from possessing because of prior conviction for burglary, theft, possession of stolen property and domestic violence.

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