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Ex-USC prof. pleads not guilty to child sex charges

Posted: June 20, 2013 5:14 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2013 5:14 p.m.

FBI photo shows Walter Lee Williams, 64, one of the U.S. FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives. He pled not guilty to federal charges Thursday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former University of Southern California professor accused of traveling abroad to engage in illicit sex acts with children has pleaded not guilty to federal charges.

City News Service reports 64-year-old Walter Lee Williams was shackled and wearing street clothes when he appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday afternoon.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle ordered Williams held pending trial, calling him a flight risk and a danger to the community.

The former Palm Springs resident is charged in a four-count indictment alleging crimes involving two 14-year-old boys that he met online in 2010.

Williams was arrested Tuesday in Mexico.

He was a professor of gender and sexuality studies at USC until 2011.

On Monday Williams was the added to the FBI's list of the most wanted fugitives.


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