Man sentenced for having child pornography

A former resident of Washington County was sentenced in federal court on a charge of receipt of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced Tuesday.

Michael G. Williams, 48, formerly of Eighty Four, was sentenced to 96 months imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence.

According to court documents, from June 18 to June 25, 2015, Williams knowingly received visual depictions, such as videos and images in computer graphics and digital files, involving the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Williams was arrested July 15, 2015, for allegedly having more than 1,400 video images containing child pornography. Williams was listed as a coach with Ringgold Area Youth Soccer Association in 2012. The soccer association is not affiliated with Ringgold School District.

Williams allegedly told investigators he never had sex with children, the record indicates.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.