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FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ professor arrested in Mexican town

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Robby Soave Reporter

Walter Lee Williams, a former professor at the University of Southern California who became the FBI’s 10th “Most Wanted” fugitive earlier this week, was arrested in a small resort town in Mexico late Tuesday night.

Williams is accused of having sex with underage boys in the Philippines and producing child pornography via webcam. He was arrested by Mexican authorities while drinking coffee in a park in the Caribbean seaside town of Playa del Carmen.

Until 2011, Williams was a professor of anthropology, history and gender studies at USC, where he specialized in gender development. He also served as an adviser to several LGBT groups on campus, and was instrumental in the founding of the Gay and Lesbian Review in 1996, according to The Daily Trojan.

After returning from a trip to the Philippines in January 2011 — during which time he allegedly had sex with two 14-year-old boys — he fled the Los Angeles area, according to the Huffington Post.

“I analyzed the computers and the camera that belong to Williams and found child pornography,” said Jeff Yesensky, an FBI special agent, in a promotional video designed to generate publicity and aid in the search.

On Monday, the FBI added him to the “Most Wanted” list, making him the 500th fugitive to be placed on the government database of dangerous, at large criminals.

“He preys on the most vulnerable children,” said Yesensky.

Williams’ stint as the 10th “Most Wanted” fugitive only lasted two days before he was caught, however.

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