Tonawanda News

November 1, 2012

Child porn DVDs passed through NT

By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — An overseas child pornography investigation that led to an arrest of an Atlanta middle-school teacher has a connection to North Tonawanda, court documents show.

The affidavit details the two-year investigation of a movie production company located outside the U.S. and its website, which offered products for sale that would be delivered via the United States Postal Service and the Internet. 

According to the document, which is written by United States Postal Inspector Jeff Adkins, the company “had received several complaints from members of the public regarding the sale of child pornography.” 

The company also was the subject of 20 complaints that were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTips. 

The United States Postal Investigation Service made undercover purchases of videos from the foreign company out of Brentwood, Tenn. in February and April of 2011. 

Undercover agents received emails from outside of the U.S.

“Based upon the USPIS investigation along with a review of USPS records, the videos from the undercover orders were transferred to a shipping facility in North Tonawanda, N.Y. for fulfillment,” the document states. 

The document does not specify what shipping facility, or if the NT business was aware of the package’s contents or had a relationship with the foreign pornography company.

United States Postal Investigation Service declined an interview regarding the case and its connection to North Tonawanda. 

The packages were then shipped via USPS priority mail to a post office box in Nolensville, Tenn.

After a lengthy investigation, a search warrant was executed and hundreds of DVD movies, photo DVDs and computers were seized. Most of the movies for sale on the website contained child nudity, and 160 of the 600 films were classified as child pornography by foreign law enforcement. 

Officers were also able to seize business records through the company’s database and tracked down one of the website’s alleged customers, William P. Villemez, of Smyrna, Ga. 

Villemez is a middle school teacher at Pace Academy in Atlanta. Videos were delivered to Villemez’s address and not the school, but Pace Internet was used to order some of the DVDs that went to his residence. 

Before arriving there, however, the DVDs made a stop at the North Tonawanda facility, where they received a shipping label and were then shipped to the home via USPS. 

USPIS agents executed a federal search warrant Monday on William Villemez’s residence, where the videos were found. Villemez allegedly admitted to placing the orders and viewing the videos and was subsequently arrested. 

Villemez has a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday before Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker in United States District Court of Northern Georgia. 

The owner and operator of the foreign company was also charged under the laws of its home country for the sale, production and possession of child pornography.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.