RALEIGH, N.C. – A suspected child predator was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) early Thursday morning. The arrest occurred in Raleigh after a tip provided by a member of the public.
William Akers, 46, is now in federal custody and facing child pornography charges. The accused is charged with capturing sexually explicit acts with an 8-year-old girl on video.
Officials recently released a plea for help in identifying and capturing the man. The plea reached millions on Facebook and Twitter, resulting in more than 80 leads investigators were able to follow up on.
“Within hours of our request for assistance, more than a million people took notice and started spreading the word on social media and in the press,” says ICE Director Sarah R. Saldana.
Akers, an employee in an IT department of a Raleigh company, was positively identified as the “John Doe” seen in the video. He was arrested in the wee hours of the morning while on shift at his company. The arrest is credited jointly to HIS, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, and the Raleigh Police Department.
Akers was discovered in the video while police were investigating Bailey Mills of Sanford. Mills has been previously convicted of sex offenses involving children. Identified by Mills’ wife as Peter Gilbert, police quickly discovered the name to be an alias and released their plea to the public.
Thanks to the quick work by multiple law enforcement agencies, Akers has been taken off of the streets. Officials continue to build a solid case against the man who will appear in court to answer to his charges at a later date.
News such as the “John Doe” predator case strikes fear in the hearts of parents and guardians around the area. The good news is that there are things you can do to help protect your children.
Register with your local law enforcement agencies to be notified when sexual offenders move into your area. Know where they live and do not let your children in those neighborhoods alone.
Know your children’s friends and their parents. You cannot be too vigilant. Know who your children are with at all times.
Limit Internet activity with parental controls and house rules. If rules are violated, address your children appropriately. Keep computers in main rooms of the home, and do not allow your children to use mobile devices behind closed doors.
If your child has been the victim of sexual abuse, an experienced attorney is who you need on your side. Our lawyers are here for you. Call us today to discuss your case.