Williams arrested for felonies involving minors, child pornography

Williams arrested for felonies involving minors, child pornography

2/03/2020

For Immediate Release

On Friday, Jan. 31, members of the Craig County Sheriff’s Office arrested Roy Edwards Williams, 61, Vinita during a felony car stop on Excelsior Avenue at the Bull Creek Bridge in rural Vinita.

Wiliams was arrested on three counts of Felony Lewd or Indecent Proposals or Acts to a Child, and one count Felony Buy, Procure, Possess Child Pornography. He is currently held in the Craig County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in district court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, for arraignment.

About the Charges

The charges come following a year-long investigation after a juvenile reported Williams engaged in lewd behavior with her when she was 9 or 10 years old. The juvenile provided detectives with screenshots of a 2017 social media conversation between herself and Williams regarding the incident. 

In the conversation, included as part of the Probable Cause Affidavit for his arrest, Williams wrote: “If it were in my power, I would give you closure. If I type more I will end up making excuses or try to say that one perfect thing to make it all better. So I will end by saying I did wrong.”

Since the investigation began, four more victims have come forward alleging incidents of forcible sodomy, rape by instrumentation and soliciting a minor to perform obscenity. The victims were all juveniles at the time of the alleged incidents. 

In June 2019, another victim came forward and reported Williams took pictures of her breasts during a photoshoot when she was 15. The now 20-year-old woman reported Williams allegedly asked her during the same time period to “flash” him and would give her $100 each time. The teen told the detective she never reported this because she would use the money to purchase food for herself and her siblings. 

The additional three victims reported similar incidents between themselves and Williams, as outlined in the PC for arrest. 

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