02 February 2016
Matthew Cody Williamson, 28, of Fluvanna was sentenced Friday (Jan. 29) in Fluvanna Circuit Court to 39 years and six months by Circuit Court Judge Susan L. Whitlock for violating conditions of his probation on child pornography charges.
Williamson pled guilty to nine charges of possession of child pornography in Fluvanna Circuit Court in 2007 and was sentenced to 40 years with all but 6 months suspended. At the time of his first conviction, Williamson was 18 years old and a resident of Lake Monticello.
On January 28, in Federal District Court in Charlottesville, Williamson was convicted of two new child pornography charges and was sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison. These charges stemmed from internet communications with a 14-year-old Canadian boy. The boy’s mother discovered pornographic images on her son’s cell phone and called the authorities, which led to Williamson’s eventual arrest, according to court documents. Williamson had promised the child gifts in exchange for explicit images the child sent to him.
According to court documents, Williamson’s electronic devices were seized and found to contain a large amount of child pornographic material; particularly of interest to authorities were communications between Williamson, who was living in Bybee at the time, and a man who was producing child pornography by posing as a girl on the internet and enticing young men to send photographs and videos of themselves in sexually explicit poses. Williamson cooperated with authorities in their investigation of this individual, who lives out of state.