When Tilman Williams fell after being stricken in his Michigan apartment last year, emergency medical service workers rushed to aid the 61-year-old, whose blood pressure had skyrocketed.
In a bid to locate any medications Williams was taking, a paramedic entered the man's unlocked bedroom. Inside, the EMS worker saw “numerous pictures of what appeared to be child pornography hanging on the bedroom walls,” according to a federal criminal complaint.
The illicit images--some of which were framed--were in plain view and showed two nude girls exposing their genitals. One photo depicted a girl having sex with an adult male.
When Williams realized that paramedics had seen the photos, he asked “how much trouble he was going to be in,” reported a federal agent. Williams also claimed that “he had been meaning to take those pictures down.” Along with seizing the framed and unframed photos, investigators also removed “poster-sized child pornography photographs" from Tilman’s Southgate residence.
During subsequent questioning, Williams reportedly copped to taking the photos years earlier. The victims, Williams said, were the young daughters of a man with whom he served in the United States Air Force.
Williams was named Monday in a felony complaint accusing him of receipt and possession of child pornography. Following a detention hearing, a federal magistrate today ruled that Williams was a danger to the community and ordered him held without bond in advance of trial.
A recently completed forensic review of Williams’s computer revealed that it contained more than 2300 images of “suspected child pornography.” His cluttered home, court records reveal, contained “young girls’ underwear” and a “log with the names of children he apparently had sexually assaulted (along with disturbing details of the individual assaults).” Agents also seized “numerous naked Barbie dolls, some of which were arranged in sexual positions.”