Skip to main content

Man hunted by FBI for alleged child sex abuse arrested in Mexico

By Ben Brumfield and Marilia Brocchetto, CNN
updated 11:05 AM EDT, Wed June 19, 2013
A FBI wanted poster for alleged child sex predator Walter Lee Williams is pictured on Monday.
A FBI wanted poster for alleged child sex predator Walter Lee Williams is pictured on Monday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Walter Lee Williams was a professor studying gender development
  • He had easy access to his victims, mainly teenage boys in developing countries
  • The FBI offered $100,000 for information leading to his arrest
  • It believes Williams lived in Indonesia and Thailand and traveled to Peru and Mexico

Editor's note: Read a version of this story in Spanish at CNNMexico.com

(CNN) -- Mexican authorities have arrested a former college professor who was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list over allegations of child sex abuse.

Walter Lee Williams was detained late Tuesday, Mexican state news agency Notimex reported.

The FBI placed the former university professor wanted for alleged sexual exploitation of children on the list Monday, according to Notimex.

Williams researched in the field of gender development at a university in California, which gave him easy access to his victims, mainly teenage boys in developing countries, the FBI said.

Agents believe he had resided in Indonesia, Polynesia and Thailand, but also may have traveled to Mexico and Peru.

An FBI agent reported finding child pornography on a computer and in a video camera belonging to Williams.

He was the 500th suspect added to the "FBI 10 most wanted fugitives" list, and the bureau offered $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Williams' photo had appeared in Mexican newspapers identifying him as a fugitive.

Police arrested him in a cafe in Playa del Carmen after he failed to produce proper identification.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:35 AM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Hamas' tactics have changed -- now the group is using commando-like tactics, says CNN's Ben Wedeman.
updated 11:40 AM EDT, Sun July 20, 2014
Some contend that larger weapons have come into Ukraine from Russia.
updated 5:51 PM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
A nun, an AIDS researcher, an athlete and a family traveling on summer vacation. These were some of the victims aboard MH17.
updated 8:21 PM EDT, Mon July 21, 2014
Prince George isn't your average one year old. He started walking before he was one. Oh, and, he's going to be king -- of 16 countries.
updated 7:36 AM EDT, Mon July 21, 2014
Former President Bill Clinton acknowledges he got "very close" to helping achieve peace in the Middle East.
updated 2:21 AM EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
In an ambitious plan to upgrade urban India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will build 100 "smart cities" across the country.
updated 7:27 AM EDT, Sun July 20, 2014
Inspirational, creepy or just weird? CNN meets the 51-year-old man who dresses like a schoolgirl.
updated 7:00 AM EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
A British nanotech company has created what it says is the world's darkest material.
updated 7:12 AM EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
Yoga, meditation and watching a snake eat a frog alive: these are some of the experiences to be had at this Himalayan yoga retreat.
updated 7:52 AM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
The world's largest flying aquatic insect, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China's Sichuan province, experts say.
CNN joins the fight to end modern-day slavery by shining a spotlight on its horrors and highlighting success stories.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT