This guy pimped a 17-year-old girl in Virginia Beach and Norfolk

Timothy Gary Williams Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office)
Timothy Gary Williams Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office)

NORFOLK — A Portsmouth man admitted Thursday to his role in the prostitution of a child at hotels across Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

Timothy Gary Williams pleaded guilty in federal court to multiple counts of using facilities in interstate commerce to promote and manage the sex trafficking of a child.

According to court documents, Williams, 29, met a 17-year-old girl in October 2018 and the two began dating.

Shortly thereafter, Williams and the girl discussed her “engaging in commercial sex to earn money for the couple.”

Prosecutors said the girl then began having sex with customers at hotels in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Williams rented hotel rooms for her to use with clients, provided her with condoms, acted as security “during her commercial sex appointments,”

The pair shared the “earnings.”

Williams and the girl also frequently used drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, prosecutors said.

On Feb. 6, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received information indicating that the girl was being forced to engage in prostitution by Williams, and that Williams had physically abused her, including assaulting her with a metal rod, prosecutors said.

When she was recovered by law enforcement at a hotel in Virginia Beach on Feb. 7, she told authorities Williams had been violent with her and he had assaulted her with objects, choked her, bitten her, and threatened her with violence.

Williams faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He will be sentenced Nov. 4.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.