Man charged with photographing children in rest stop bathrooms indicted federally

A 28-year-old Pennsylvania man charged with taking pictures of children in bathroom rest stops along Interstate 95 in Maryland has been indicted by a federal grand jury and ordered detained by a judge in Philadelphia.

Brian Williams, of West Chester, Pa., faces between 15 and 70 years in federal prison if convicted of the four counts in the indictment that includes charges of production and possession of child pornography.

"The indictment alleges that the defendant egregiously violated the privacy of young boys by secretly recording them in  public restrooms, a crime that gives every parent nightmares," Maryland U.S. AttorneyRod J. Rosensteinsaid in a statement.

The prosecutor said that he is grateful that a citizen "noticed the unusual behavior" and called police.

Maryland State Police had charged Williams last month with photographing children at the Chesapeake House in Cecil County and the Maryland House in Harford County. Authorities said he was arrested May 6.

Police said they found him with a cellphone camera showing videos of 11 unidentified junveiles taken in rest rooms at the two stops, some of them urinating. Police are urging anyone who was at either rest stop between noon and 4 p.m. on May 6 to call the JFK Highway Barracks at 410-537-1163.

After his arrest, a District Court judge set bail at $35,000, which Williams posted and was freed pending trial in state court. But federal authorities said they re-arrested Williams in Pennsylvania home after the federal indictment.

His next court date in Maryland has not yet been scheduled.