Posted: May 8, 2013 2:25 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: May 8, 2013 3:53 PM
BOZEMAN - A Bozeman man is behind bars accused of contacting an undercover police officer who was posing as a 16-year-old girl and sending nude photos of himself to "her."
William Windham IV, 26, is charged with sexual abuse of children (by attempt) and obscenity.
A Bozeman police detective and member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, created an online alias that appears to be a 16-year-old female Bozeman High junior. The persona was contacted on Facebook by Windham on April 25, court papers state.
After telling the "girl" that she was "hot" and he wanted to "hit on" her, Windham sent three images of a nude male and said the images were of him, court documents state. He then reportedly asked for a picture of the "girl" and when he received a reluctant message back said, "for real? I would be the one getting in troubl." [sic]. During their communication, Windham reportedly made references to wanting to have sex with the "girl."
Windham arranged to meet the "girl" at Bozeman High School, according to court documents. When he arrived, he was approached by police. During questioning, Windham reportedly confessed to sending naked pictures to the person he thought to be a 16-year-old girl and asking her to send naked photos of herself to him.
Windham appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court today on the charges. Judge Rick West set his bail at $5,000.
Windham graduated from Montana State University last week as a fine arts major, public defender Mary Kramer noted. Kramer also pointed out that this may be an interesting case because there is not an actual person involved, but instead, a "persona."