In January, Fayetteville police began an investigation into allegations that 33-year-old Christopher Jason Williams was involved in the sex trafficking of children.
The charges are in connection with incidents involving a 15-year-old female and the investigation continued into incidents involving a 14-year-old female.
The investigation began when the 14 year old and her guardian went to police on Jan. 5 and reported that she had been held against her will at a residence in Fayetteville for several weeks and had sexual relations with the occupant of the residence.
During the course of the investigation, detectives responded to the residence to talk with Williams.
After getting permission from Williams to search his residence, detectives found a 15-year-old female hiding inside. Investigators discovered that the 15 year old had been staying with Williams since May 2012 and having sexual relations with him.
As a result of the investigation, two victims were identified and Williams was charged with 54 counts of statutory rape. He was arrested and is being held on a $1.4 million secured bond.
In conjunction with the United States Attorney's Office, the case was adopted federally, in which testimony was provided to a federal grand jury in April and Williams was indicted.
On Tuesday, Williams was in Federal Court on his first appearance in response to the charges of two counts of sex trafficking of children and eight counts of manufacturing/production of child pornography. Williams is now in federal custody, pending trial.
Anyone with information concerning additional victims that Williams may have come in contact with is asked to contact Detective J. Rosenberg with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1851.