A Maryland man arrested this week after authorities mentioned they discovered youngster pornography on his cellphone labored for President Trump’s voter fraud fee, in accordance with a senior administration official.
Ronald Williams II, 37, of Suitland, was a researcher for the Presidential Advisory Fee on Election Integrity, mentioned the official, who requested anonymity to debate a personnel matter.
Trump launched the fee after making unfounded claims that thousands and thousands of fraudulently forged ballots value him the favored vote in final yr’s election towards Democrat Hillary Clinton. The fee is chaired by Vice President Pence and co-chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R).
Williams was on secondment to the fee from the Workplace of the Particular Counsel, an impartial federal investigative and prosecutorial company. His work with the voting fee was abruptly terminated this week, the senior administration official mentioned. A spokeswoman for the Workplace of the Particular Counsel declined to touch upon Williams’s standing with that company.
Williams faces 11 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, officials said.
The Maryland State Police said its task force on Internet crimes against children received a tip of a possible distribution of child pornography from a certain Internet address. The tip came from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police said.
Police searched Williams’s home and later arrested him. A preliminary forensic look at Williams’s cellphone found “multiple files of child pornography,” according to state police.
Williams was taken to central booking for processing and an initial court appearance.
Dana Hedgpeth contributed to this report.