Former RPD officer formally charged

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Williams accused of computer solicitation of a minor

By Sarah Bennett

A 15-year Radcliff Police Department veteran was formally charged June 24 with computer solicitation of a minor in Brevard County, Fla.

David Williams, 37, was arrested May 9 by Kentucky State Police following an Internet sting operation led by the Brevard County Sheriff's office.

The sheriff’s office began investigating Williams’ Internet activity in September.

Williams, who lives in West Point, believed he was working through a father to talk via instant message to the man’s 14-year-old daughter, according to the arrest warrant. All of Williams’ messages were, in fact, received by undercover agents.

According to the warrant, investigators identified Williams through subscriber information obtained from Yahoo and Sprint, which then tracked the messages to a computer in West Point.

Williams was suspended without pay and subsequently resigned May 10 from RPD. He was extradited May 20 to Brevard County, where he posted a bond of $100,000 on May 22.

After formal charges were filed June 24, state attorney Meryl Allawas was assigned to the case.

Allawas said the next step is an Aug. 3 docket sounding to set out a status calling. Williams’ plea will be determined at this hearing, she said.

According to the Brevard County Clerk of Courts, a notice for Williams to appear at the Aug. 3 docket sounding also was filed June 24.

Williams has retained attorney James Kontos of Melbourne, Fla.

A Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy previously said that computer solicitation of a minor is a second-degree felony in Florida and punishable of up to 15 years in prison.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.