With Trump – there’s trouble. Another member of the President Trump team faces serious charges after police found child pornography on his cellphone.
Ronald Williams II, 37, worked as a researcher on Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Williams was arrested last week.
The Maryland State Police were tipped off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited children, which led to a search of Williams’ home and to his immediate arrest.
Williams was charged with a total of eleven counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.
The Trump administration was quick to note that Williams was terminated this week, and was only on loan to the commission from the Office of the Special Counsel.
The counsel is an independent government agency that investigates and prosecutes. A spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Counsel declined to comment on Williams’ status with that agency, according to The Washington Post.
Trump launched the commission himself, after making unfounded claims that millions of fraudulently cast ballots cost him the popular vote in last year’s election against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Vice President Mike Pence is the commission chair, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach serving as co-chair.
Title 11 Section 207 Maryland Criminal Law Code – Child pornography – use a computer to knowingly compile, enter, transmit, make, print, publish, reproduce, cause, allow, buy, sell, receive, exchange, or disseminate any notice, statement, advertisement, or minor’s name, telephone number, place of residence, physical characteristics, or other descriptive or identifying information for the purpose of engaging in, facilitating, encouraging, offering, or soliciting unlawful sadomasochistic abuse or sexual conduct of or with a minor.
The penalty for possession and distribution of child pornography in Maryland, if found guilty, is imprisonment not exceeding ten years or a fine not exceeding $25,000 or both. It is not clear at this time if Williams will be charged for each individual count, according to Justia.