Ex-Florida officer gets life sentence for child sex abuse

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for paying a Texas woman to sexually abuse her toddler daughter and send photos to him.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says former Jacksonville officer Michael Eugene Williams was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty last June to sex trafficking of a child.

Federal prosecutors say the 61-year-old Williams asked the woman to photograph the sexual abuse of her then-3-year-old daughter and to sell the images to him.

The investigation began after the sheriff’s office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A search of Williams’ house uncovered hundreds of child pornography images and videos.

The woman received 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.

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