A Jacksonville man will spend 5 ½ years in federal prison for extorting dozens of women and possessing child porn.
24-year-old Joshua Jay Williamson received the sentence Thursday in Jacksonville. Court documents say Williamson hacked in to the email and social networking sites of dozens of women between February and June 2011. Using the personal information he gathered, along with suggestive photos he would find online, he would then demand the women send him full nude and sexually explicit photos. He told them that if they did not comply, he would send provocative pictures to their email and Facebook contacts.
On May 19, 2011 alone Williamson sent extortionate emails to about 75 women.
He attempted to hide his identity by using several internet protocol addresses and an anonymizer program, but was tracked down.
Files with photos of personal information for more than 150 women were found on Williamson’s computer. About 23 images and 31 videos of child pornography were also uncovered.
Williamson will spend 5 ½ years in federal prison and they serve 10 years of supervised release. He has been registered as a sex offender and forfeited his computer media.
Many agencies, including the FBI, FDLE and JSO were involved in the investigation. This case is part of the greater Project Safe Childhood- a nationwide initiative from the DOJ to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.