Athens man arrested for soliciting photos from 15-year-old

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An Athens man is facing charges after authorities say he tried to solicit illicit photos from a 15-year-old girl on Snapchat.

Thomas Williams, Jr., 46 of Athens, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 12, and has been charged with electronic solicitation of a child. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says that Williams is also charged in unrelated grand jury indictments for three counts of 3rd degree burglary and one count of 1st degree theft. Williams is being held in the Limestone County Jail on a $62,500 bond.

Deputies took a report from the victim’s mother on Nov. 7, who told them she had been notified by her daughter’s friends about suspicious contact between her daughter and an older man on social media. On Tuesday, the victim’s mother came to the sheriff’s office and showed investigators where she had since obtained access to her daughter’s phone and found sexually explicit conversations between Williams and her daughter on Snapchat. Investigators observed several times in the conversations where Williams requested illicit photos of the victim.

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The investigation remains open, and additional charges are possible.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages parents to limit and closely monitor the social media interactions of their children, because there are many ways potential predators can access children through social media. Authorities say restricting and monitoring access is the most effective protection parents can provide.

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