Update: Former Malvern school counselor in court after arrest in child porn investigation

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Bond has been denied for a former Malvern High School counselor accused of trying to make child porn.

A hearing for Jonathan Williams was held on Friday, following his arrest on Wednesday. Williams is facing one count of attempting to produce child pornography.

During the hearing, Assistant U.S. District Court Attorney Kristin Bryant showed an ad Williams responded to on a social app where men meet other men. Bryant said a federal agent with the FBI was on the other end of the ad.

In court, Bryant also showed a four-minute video from the agent’s phone of the conversation between the agent and Williams, which included several pictures and explicit content.

While on the stand, the FBI agent read parts of the conversation between he and Williams. The agent said Williams admitted to having sexual contact with a minor in the past, that Williams fantasizes about minors and asked several times for pictures and videos of a minor.

The FBI agent said “In these cases we usually keep talking until we meet but after determining he had access to kids, we decided to intervene.”

After being confronted by FBI agents at his home, investigators said Williams admitted to having fantasies of minors.
Police say he also admitted to watching child porn on the dark web.

Williams remains in jail, even though his attorney, Tylar Tapp, of Hot Springs, offered this list of conditions for his release:

  • No internet
  • No one under 18 allowed in the home
  • No electronic communication of any kind/list
  • Would live with his parents

The judge said there are no conditions he would consider that would allow Williams to be out in the community.

“The court is very concerned about the nature of the charge,” the judge said. “The court is very concerned about children in the community.”

Williams will remain in jail until his trial, which has been set for Feb. 24 at the Federal Courthouse in Little Rock.

The Malvern School District said in a statement that none of its students were involved in the matter.

Williams resigned from his job in August 2019, a month after the conversation with the agent, citing personal reasons.

Williams photo in school yearbook

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