Greensboro, NC-- A Burlington man who used his computer to solicit underage victims, now has many months to think about what he did. William Todd Flowers pleaded guilty on April 9 to one count of Online Coercion and Enticement of a Person Under 18 for Criminal Sexual Activity.
Wednesday, the 37-year-old registered sex offender appeared in U.S. District Court (Federal) in Greensboro to learn his fate. The judge sentenced him to 300 months in prison. Flowers was also ordered to forfeit a cell phone and a vehicle used in the offense. After serving his 300 months, he will spend the rest of his life answering to parole/probation officers. The judge added a lifetime supervised release.
"This case is yet another example of the power of effective partnership between federal, state, and local authorities," stated United States Attorney Rand. "We will continue to work together to make the internet a safe place for children, and to make sure that those who are intent on using the internet and other technology to abuse children are punished accordingly."
According to court records, the crimes were committed June 15, 2012 and October 12, 2012 via his social networking site. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported the information and Flowers was later arrested by the Alamance County Sheriff's Office. Flowers was a registered sex offender when he committed those crimes, documents show. He was on state probation for Felony Solicitation of a Child by Computer, from his a 2010 conviction in Alamance County.
Flowers' arrest and conviction is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.