By Bonnie Culverhouse
Thanks to collaboration between two law enforcement agencies, a known sex offender is once again in jail.
Christopher Lee Williams, 28, of the 2000 block of Franklin Rd., Heflin, was arrested Wednesday by Webster Parish Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Division on a warrant for indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13 years old.
Sheriff Jason Parker said his investigators became involved in the case around two months ago.
“We were contacted by Center, Texas detectives who had come across a legitimate 13-year-old girl whose mother discovered someone unknown was sending inappropriate photos to the child,” Parker said. “The detectives called to see if we recognized him, and we were able to identify him as one of our registered sex offenders here in our parish.”
Parker said Williams moved to Webster Parish in November 2020.
“He was a transplant from North Carolina,” Parker said. “He had been arrested and convicted there, and he was registered in Webster Parish as a sex offender.”
Working in conjunction with Center, Texas Police, WPSO CID kept the case going.
“Of course, the little girl was no longer the one interacting with Williams,” said the sheriff. “After that, the back and forth was with law enforcement. We had to handle it in a controlled manner to make sure he thought he was still communicating with her.”
Wednesday, June 29, WPSO set up a meeting location with Williams in the Heflin area.
“He showed up with the anticipation of meeting that little girl,” Parker said. “What he got was totally different.”
Juvenile sex offenders are taken seriously in Webster Parish, the sheriff pointed out.
“We’re not going to tolerate that,” he said. “We are going to hold sex offenders in our parish accountable and make sure they are doing what they are supposed to do to be in compliance. We’re going to do our job.”
There will be no extradition, the sheriff said.
“Since he was here in our parish when he was doing the communicating with her, Williams is incarcerated here,” Parker said. “Center, Texas has given us everything they had, and he will be prosecuted here in Webster Parish.”
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