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Walter Williams, Ex-Professor Accused of Raping Young Boys, Heads to Court

Williams was captured Tuesday after one day on the FBI's '10 Most Wanted' list.

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Former University of Southern California professor Walter Williams is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday after being arrested Tuesday in Mexico for alleged sex crimes with underage boys.

Williams, 64, was the 500th person named to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list and occupied a spot on the list for just one day before being captured in the Caribbean town Playa Del Carmen, near Cancun. The FBI offered a $100,000 reward for information on Williams's whereabouts.

ABC News reports that Williams will appear in a Los Angeles court Thursday after being deported from Mexico.

According to an FBI statement released Monday, the former professor "engaged in sexual activity via Internet webcam sessions" with two 14-year-old Filipino boys, then travelled to the Philippines in January 2011 where he "engaged in sex acts with both boys and produced sexually explicit photos of one of the boys."

Williams fled the Los Angeles area one week after returning from the Philippines, but the indictment against him was not filed until April.

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Charges against Williams include "one count of producing child pornography, one count of traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and two counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places," according to the FBI.

An active LinkedIn page maintained by Williams says he is a professor of anthropology, history and gender studies at USC.

"I have done intensive ethnographic fieldwork living on several Indian reservations (Eastern Cherokee, Florida Seminole, Pine Ridge Sioux, Aleut, Yucatan Maya, Navajo Nation, etc.)," his LinkedIn page says, "as well as extended periods living in Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, and other parts of Asia and the south Pacific."

A blog written by Williams, last updated in January 2011, describes his experiences teaching English in Southeast Asia. According to one entry, he lived in Indonesia in 1987-1988 and "took a year sabbatical leave" in 2006-2007 to live in Thailand. "I chose Thailand because of my interest in doing research on Thai Buddhism," he wrote.

Williams's blog largely pontificates on his difficulty teaching English to young children in Asia. "What I have learned in my experiences teaching in many classrooms across Southeast Asia, is that English is extremely difficult for many people around the world to learn," Williams wrote.

 

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