LILBURN, Ga. – Alpharetta resident Wesley Baylock Williams, 53, was arrested the night of Nov. 20 at a Lilburn city park where police say he thought he was going to pick up a 14-year-old girl he met online.
Instead, Williams was the one picked up by Lilburn police as part of an operation by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. There was no 14-year-old girl. Under Georgia law, simply communicating with someone for sexual activity whom the perpetrator believes is a minor is a felony, said Lilburn Police Capt. Tom Bardugon.
According to Bardugon, Williams was using the web to make contact with juveniles.
At one point Williams allegedly sent the purported 14-year-old a photo of a naked woman. Bardugon said he was not sure what sort of response Williams hoped to elicit with that. The rest of the contacts were written messages.
“We received a tip that Mr. Williams had advertised he was seeking to contact minor children for sexual purposes,” Bardugon said.
Lilburn Police Lt. Chris Dusik posed as a young girl online and reached out to respond to Williams.
So instead of snagging a minor child, Williams allegedly responded to a police officer in what was a sting operation.
“Our officer made it clear in his postings that he was supposed to be a14-year-old girl. The two continued to have contact over the internet that included sexual phrases from Williams that were designed to elicit a sexual response from what he assumed was a 14-year-old girl,” Bardugon said.
At one point Williams sent the purported 14-year-old a photo of a naked woman. Bardugon said he was not sure what sort of response Williams hoped to elicit with that. The rest of the contacts were written messages.
Eventually, Williams allegedly arranged to pick up the “girl” at a Lilburn park after dark. When he showed up he was arrested by police.
Bardugon said actual contact with a minor was not necessary for the arrest. Under Georgia’s internet law, if a suspect has reason to believe he is only communicating with a minor about sexual activity it is a violation of the law.
“When Williams showed up for his date, he was arrested for crimes he had already committed via the internet,”Bardugon said. “He did not have to have actual contact with someone.”
Williams was arrested in 2003 and accused of sexually assaulting his 18-year-old babysitter. Williams was acquitted at trial. However, he did lose the civil case for damages that arose out of the incident.
He is in jail in lieu of bond of $33,400 for one count of using a computer service to seduce, solicit or entice a child to commit an illegal act and for obscene internet contact with a child.
Bardugon said Lilburn police were involved in the case because of its involvement with the Crimes Against Children Task Force.
“Any law enforcement agency in Georgia can participate in the task force,” Bardugon said. “We do have one investigator specifically trained in how to handle these types of investigations. The chief [Lilburn Chief of Police Bruce Hedley] said that he wanted this sort of thing investigated if it occurred in the city of Lilburn.”