Walter Lee Williams, the former USC professor who pleaded guilty Sept 5 can be sentence to at least five years in prison, according to frontpagemag.com. In addition, there will be 10 years of supervised release, lifetime registration as a sex offender and $25,000 in restitution to be divided between seven victims. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15.
Williams, who taught anthropology, gender studies and history for about 20 years until 2011 confessed to travelling under the guise of academic research to the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia to have sex with underage boys, according to the FBI. The FBI identified 10 victims between 9 and 17 years.
He had also engaged in webcam sex sessions with two boys ages 13 and 14 and expressed a desire to visit them in the Philippines in 2010 and the next year engaged in sex acts with both Filipino boys, as well as a 15-year-old, besides taking took sexually explicit photos of one of them.
Williams was a renowned gay academic, writer and archivist, a Fulbright Scholar and founding editor of the International Gay and Lesbian Review. He also founded ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, considered as “the world’s largest collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender materials.”
He was also co-founder and chair of the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History for the American Historical Association as well as an officer of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists.