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Ex-sailor, already in prison for rape, gets 8 extra years for child porn conviction

Sterlin Williams, shown here in 2006, pleaded guilty in 2016 during a court-martial to raping the child and last year in U.S. District Court in Norfolk to making child pornography. The abuse was discovered in September 2015, when the child’s mother walked in on Williams and the girl.

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By SCOTT DAUGHERTY | The Virginian Pilot (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 7, 2018

NORFOLK, Va. — A former Virginia Beach-based Navy chief petty officer already behind bars for raping an 11-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday to 17½ years in federal prison for making a video of some of the abuse.

But a federal judge allowed Sterlin Williams to serve that sentence at the same time as the nearly 10-year sentence he was already serving for rape. In the end, the child porn conviction increased his sentence by just under eight years.

Williams, 39, pleaded guilty in 2016 during a court-martial to raping the child and last year in U.S. District Court in Norfolk to making child pornography.

According to court documents filed in connection with the child porn case, Williams recorded himself in July 2015 molesting the girl.

The abuse was discovered in September 2015, when the child’s mother walked in on Williams and the girl. The child later told investigators that Williams had been molesting her for about five months.

Williams’ defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Kristen Kmet, asked U.S. District Judge Henry C. Morgan Jr. to give him 15 years in prison and to let him serve it at the same time as his rape sentence.

Kmet said Williams is committed to changing.

“Perhaps more than anyone, Mr. Williams wants to rid himself of this devil that has haunted him and caused him to lead a double life,” she said, arguing his arrest and prosecution have put him on a “different path” toward rehabilitation and treatment.

Prosecutors requested a sentence of at least 17½ years. Under a plea agreement, they took no position on whether it should be on top of the military sentence, according to court documents.

Before his arrest, Williams was assigned to Tactical Air Squadron 21, which is based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. He worked as an operations specialist, according to Navy records.

After his convictions, Williams was demoted and dishonorably discharged.

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