A Pennsylvania drag queen was charged with 25 counts of child pornography, according to a criminal docket issued Thursday.
Brice Patric Ryschon Williams was charged with 25 counts of child pornography and 18 counts of criminal use of a communications facility. The bail is set at $100,000 and Williams is unable to post bail, according to the docket.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children submitted a tip to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section in May 18, 2020, reporting that 76 files containing child pornography were uploaded to a Dropbox file. The Dropbox account was linked to a person named Anastasia Diamond, Williams’ stage name.
A search warrant for Williams’ home was obtained by special agent Travis Nye on June 22, 2022, and was carried out early Thursday morning.
During an interview with police that morning, “Brice denied having ever uploaded, downloaded, or sought child pornography,” according to a criminal complaint obtained Friday by the Daily Caller.
“In a preview of Brice Samsung Note 9 located in his bedroom at least twenty-five (25) video files of child pornography were located,” the complaint read.
A Facebook profile for the performances shows Williams encouraging residents of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, to take a survey to “help LGBTQ organizations develop programs that best serve our community.”
Brice Williams, aka Anastasia Diamond – a drag queen who recently has been working with youth- is charged with 25 counts of child pornography. pic.twitter.com/eub1DrhYp8
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) June 24, 2022
Video footage shared on Instagram from 2017 appears to show Williams dancing explicitly for children. In July, a local Pennsylvania news outlet reported that Williams would be working with an organization that provides a “safe space” for gay and transgender children of color.
On the personal Facebook account, Williams’ description reads: a “genderqueer social worker and drag queen.” (RELATED:‘Drag Builds Confidence’: Listen To Drag Queens Defend Their Decision To Perform For Children)
The docket lists the case status as “awaiting preliminary hearing.” The preliminary hearing is set for July 5, according to a public court summary.