St. Tammany DA asks judge to consider tougher sentence for admitted pedophile

Sunday, 03 December 2017, 08:36:02 AM. A 30-year sentence for a Slidell man who pleaded guilty last week to sexually molesting a 4-year-old girl while he was babysitting her in February prompted the prosecutor, in an

A 30-year sentence for a Slidell man who pleaded guilty last week to sexually molesting a 4-year-old girl while he was babysitting her in February prompted the prosecutor, in an unusual move, to ask the judge to reconsider the severity of his punishment.

Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford filed a motion Thursday asking 22nd Judicial District Court Judge Reginald Badeaux to reconsider the sentence, according to Lisa Page, spokeswoman for District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

The motion cites victim-impact statements made by the mother and grandmother of the young girl before William Harvey Watson, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery on a victim under 13, 27 counts of producing pornography involving juveniles under 13 and 250 counts of possession of pornography.

The prosecutor and family asked for the maximum sentence, 99 years for the sexual battery charge and production of pornography charges and 40 years for the possession of child pornography charges, Page said.

But Badeaux sentenced Watson to 30 years for the battery charge and 25 years — the minimum — for the various pornography charges, all to be served concurrently.

In the motion for reconsideration, the DA's Office notes that the 4-year-old girl initially told her mother she could not talk about what Williams had done to her because it was "too horrible." A medical exam showed that the girl had abrasions on her labia.

Williams admitted that he had touched the girl's vagina and taken pictures of it. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office found 473 images and 10 videos of child pornography on Williams' laptop, including images of an 8-month-old girl whom the defendant had posed for what the motion termed "sexually explicit" photos.

The Sheriff's Office report also revealed that the defendant had served time for raping an 18-month-old girl.

"This defendant preys on the most innocent and vulnerable members of our society," the motion said, adding that the 8-month old child will be victimized every time a pedophile views her image. "She can't even walk or talk yet, but she is a victim for life because of him."

Williams admitted to police that he had sexual urges for children and had downloaded pornographic images to satisfy them, the motion said.

"The defendant has already proven that he will reoffend when he gets out of jail," the motion said. "The severity of the crimes committed by this defendant warrant the maximum sentence allowed by law, not the lenient minimum sentence imposed by this court."

Williams' court-appointed public defender did not return a call for comment. 

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