A Maryland man working on Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (aka “Trump’s voter-suppression commission”) has been arrested on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Ronald Williams II of Suitland, Md., was arrested last week on 11 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, the Washington Post reports. A senior administration official disclosed to the Post on the condition of anonymity that Williams had been working as a researcher on Trump’s voter-fraud commission. According to the official, Williams was abruptly fired last week.
Trump’s voter-fraud panel has been embroiled in controversy since its inception. Founded on a lie that millions of illegal votes were cast in Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote win over Trump, the commission has been met with opposition from both red and blue states.
The commission is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach—a man referred to by the American Civil Liberties Union as the “king of voter suppression.” (He’s also a champion of anti-immigrant laws and a perpetual liar in court, according to Mother Jones.)
As for Williams, the Maryland State Police responded to a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that alleged child porn was being shared from a specific internet address, the Post reports. Once the police searched Williams’ home, multiple files of child pornography were found on his phone, authorities said.
According to Maryland state law (pdf), if convicted, Williams could face five to 10 years in prison on each count of possessing and distributing child porn.
A spokesperson from the Trump administration has yet to release an official statement about Williams’ arrest.
Read more at the Washington Post.