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FBI Names Former USC Professor to Most Wanted List

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 12:05 PM

By Melanie Batley

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A former professor at the University of Southern California has been named to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list.

Walter Lee Williams was indicted for sex crimes against children abroad, and FBI officials have identified at least 10 alleged victims between the ages of 9 and 17, many of whom live in Third World countries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 64-year-old traveled extensively across Southeast Asia and Polynesia, and also spent some time living in those regions.

At USC, he taught anthropology, gender studies, and history. One website describing Williams' work said, "His other main research focus is on sexuality in the Southeast Asia/Pacific region."

"Because of his status he has the means and access to children, and that's what makes him dangerous," FBI Special Agent Jeff Yesensky said in a video released by the agency. "He preys on the most vulnerable children."



The April 30 federal indictment outlines alleged crimes by Williams involving two 14-year-old boys. Authorities say he met them online in 2010 and engaged in sexual activity via Internet webcam sessions and expressed a desire to meet them in the Philippines to have sex.

In January 2011, Williams went to the Philippines, where he allegedly engaged in "sexually explicit conduct" with the boys, took photos of the encounters, and brought the photos back to Los Angeles County.

Williams fled Los Angeles after being questioned by FBI agents. He is the 500th person named to the FBI list since it was established in 1950. Of those most-wanted criminals, 469 have been apprehended or located.

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