Lawyer says Bristol man will plead guilty to visiting exclusive child pornography site
A Bristol man arrested last year and accused of accessing an exclusive, international child pornography website plans to plead guilty, according to court documents.
William Davis is incarcerated in Louisiana, where the federal investigation into Dreamboard, the now-defunct forum he is charged with accessing between 2010 and 2012, is based. When it was operating, people gained access to the member-only forum by submitting pornographic images. Users were ranked from members to “Super VIPs” based on whether they had only accessed or had the ability to produce child pornography.
Davis had the lowest clearance on the site and visited mainly the “pre-teen” forum, a prosecutor said at his arraignment last August.
Davis’s lawyer voiced his intent to plead guilty at a Feb. 5 hearing in Louisiana, according to court minutes. The plea is not official, though, and Davis could change course any time before his April 11 plea hearing.
Davis is one of 72 people indicted as part of the investigation into Dreamboard. Fifteen of those people have not yet been arrested and are only known by their online names.
A prosecutor said at his arraignment that Davis became aware that he was being investigated in July 2011 when federal agents came to his home in Wentworth.
His computer was taken and later returned, and Davis went on to continue accessing the site, according to the prosecutor.
Agents then went to his Bristol home in June 2012, at which time Davis admitted to finding Dreamboard through an internet search and first viewing child pornography in 2004 while on a Yahoo forum for nudists, according to the prosecutor.
If Davis does plead guilty, he will then be sentenced. The individuals charged with accessing Dreamboard have been arrested in 14 countries on five continents, and those who have pleaded guilty have received sentences ranging from 15 years to life in prison, according to federal officials.