Photos found on phone lead to arrests
Bond was denied a 26-yearold former Jones County High School graduate charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
John Hugh Oliver-Williams was arrested July 18, following the arrest of his codefendant, Joseph Kemp, July 11, on similar charges. Kemp is listed as 25 years of age.
Oliver-Williams was in Jones County Superior Court Aug. 9, seeking bond, but after hearing the arguments from the attorneys, Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior denied the bond request.
Prior gave the reason for the denial that the defendant posed a significant threat or danger to the community.
A report of the codefendant’s arrest by Jones County Deputy William Hathaway stated the pictures that were at the center of the case were discovered on Kemp’s phone by a child. The child showed his mother, and she called 911. The deputy said the pictures were of young children in sexual acts. After seeing the pictures, he called the on-call investigator, Deputy John Simmons.
Oliver-Williams was connected to the case following a search of Kemp’s phone.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin, and Oliver-Williams was represented by defense attorney Sean Brodie.
The attorney told the court that his client had family in Jones County and had no problem staying here. He said Oliver-Williams’s family understood the charges against him and were still in the courtroom to support him.
“He has no priors and is no risk to flee,” he said.
Brodie said he understood that his client would probably be banned from Jones County and noted that he lived with his husband in Byron.
The attorney added that he believed Kemp to be the originator of the pictures.
“Mr. Williams has known him since high school, and they recently reconnected. If that hadn’t happened, he would not be here,” he stated.
Brodie said his client had glowing reviews from his employer, and if he received bond, he would still have a job.
“He has been a model employee and citizen up to this time.”
Baskin said Oliver-Williams would be indicted before the required 90 days.
“That’s if the feds don’t take it,” she said, due to the distribution of the pictures involving the crossing of multiple county lines.
The prosecutor said she understood that the victims of the crime were ‘on paper,’ and the question of bond came down to the risk to the community.
“Every one of those children in the pictures is a victim. If there were no demand for those pictures, there would be no supply. This didn’t happen one day; it was day after day,” Baskin said.
She added that Oliver-Williams was also facing charges in Houston County, which is his current residence of record.
The prosecutor agreed that the defendant had no criminal history.
“This may be his first time, but welcome to the big leagues. He clearly has an attraction to small children,” she said.
Baskin noted that Oliver-Williams was facing eight counts of sexual exploitation of a child, but she stated it could have been many more.
“He’s not only charged with possession of the pictures but also distribution,” she said. “That means he’s facing years of confinement.”
The prosecutor said the seriousness of the charges and the fact the defendant’s husband is an over-theroad-truck driver was also a concern.