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Former gender studies professor on FBI ‘Most Wanted’ list captured in Mexico

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Updated, 11:30 p.m. PDT.

LOS ANGELES — A former professor of anthropology, history and gender studies at the University of Southern California (USC) was captured in Mexico Tuesday evening after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list of fugitives.

Walter Lee Williams Ph.D., the founding editor of the International Gay and Lesbian Review, was arrested on charges of engaging in sexual conduct with minors and for producing child pornography.

Walter L. Williams

At a press conference Monday, Bill L. Lewis, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, said Williams was wanted “for sexual exploitation of children, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places and criminal forfeiture.”

“The allegations Williams faces are serious, and we hope to catch him quickly before more children are abused,” said Lewis.

A four-count federal warrant was issued for Williams on April 30, and a seven-page indictment unsealed on June 14, in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles alleges that “Williams traveled from Los Angeles to the Philippines in January 2011 to engage in sex acts with two 14-year-old boys he met online in 2010.”

The indictment also alleges that prior to his travel, Williams engaged in sexual activity via internet webcam sessions with the boys, and expressed a desire to visit them in the Philippines to have sex.

“While in the Philippines, he allegedly engaged in sex acts with both boys and produced sexually explicit photos of one of the boys,” according to the indictment.

Williams reportedly fled the Los Angeles area approximately one week after returning from the Philippines.

Williams has published nine books and well over a hundred articles in professional journals, magazines, edited books, and encyclopedias, mainly on topics relating to sexuality, gender, and HIV prevention.

He was the 500th person to be placed on the FBI’s famed “most wanted” list.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. inb4 misconceptions about pedophiles and their sexual orientations. Homosexuals and heterosexuals both have consenting sex between adults. Pedophiles are neither of those, because it’s nonconsensual sex between an adult and a child. Pedophiles are not homosexuals nor heterosexuals. They are pedos. I know someone’s going to either say something like “well, heterosexuals abuse more children than homosexuals” or “the gay agenda pushes sexual abuse on children”. It happens on every post about this issue. Both are woefully incorrect. This has been a necessary PSA.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:27pm
  2. scary

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:27pm
  3. What a scumbaggg…get him..

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:28pm
  4. what the hell?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:34pm
  5. No, no, no…!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:44pm
  6. GET OUT OF LA YOU DISGRACEFUL BIGOT!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:47pm
  7. I bet conservatives, HAM, and just any anti-LGBT people will JUMP on this creep’s exposure. How sad for this community. Just more fuel to the fire of anti-LGBT hate, when he doesn’t even represent LGBT at all!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:47pm
  8. Sick fuck….

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:02pm
  9. As disgusting as his behavior sounds, how does this rate Top 10 most wanted? I’d expect that to be for repeated and violent crimes. ANY abuse is awful but having sex with 14-year-olds somehow doesn’t rise to the level I’d expect. Did miss something?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:07pm
  10. Wow! And i would prefer if they called it child rape and child rapists…that is what it is! I think it would also clear up the sexual preference misunderstanding, pedophile just is too misunderstood… And child molestation does not describe how awful it is…it takes away from the seriousness of the abuse

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:07pm
  11. That just seems… odd. Considering the social movement going on right now.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:08pm
  12. I’m with Joan. there is something we’re not being told here. there are thousands of pedophiles out there, how did what he did rise the the degree that gets him on the most wanted list? I think someone in power is afraid of him, or he pissed off the wrong person.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:27pm
  13. Assholes like this are making it so much more difficult for the LGBT community. The fundies will jump on this like a fly on honey.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:47pm
  14. I’m glad they are going after Pedophiles, but Top 10 list? Did they actually catch all the ones that ranked higher or got tired of sucking at their job and bumped that guy up to Top 10 Status?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:53pm
  15. That faculty line is gone for good, 10 to 1.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:17am
  16. Yay… Prosecute the hell outa that mutha f-er!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:40am
  17. In fact just leave him down there in a Mexican prison…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:41am
  18. Great, glad they caught the animal.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 2:07am
  19. A sick man who will get what he deserves.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:28am
  20. What a disgrace he is!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:06am
  21. Burn the Fucker.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:42am
  22. good put him away for a looooong time

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:33am
  23. It is people like this that give us a bad name. This is why people think homosexuals are child molesters. You hardly ever hear in the news about heterosexual men doing this. UGH….. angers me

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:31am