Authorities capture yacht owner accused of asking juvenile employee to take pornographic images

Virginia
William "Billy" Hooper

Photo Courtesy – Matthews County Sheriff’s office

MATHEWS COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities have captured a man who they believe asked a juvenile to take pornographic images in exchange for money.

The Mathews County Sheriff’s Office captured yacht owner William “Billy” Hooper, who is accused of asking an underage employee who worked on his boat to take pornographic photos.

According to reports, Hooper was arrested on Friday, November 22, without incident in La Plata, Maryland by the Charles County Sheriff’s office.

Authorities also say they found “evidence of graphic material” involving Hooper and the juvenile.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the department has been investigating incidents that allegedly happened between April 1 and June 1 this year.

They believe a female juvenile was working on Hooper’s 59-foot yacht — registered to Hooper’s residence and business, Williams Wharf Oyster Company LLC — when Hooper asked to take pornographic images of her.

He allegedly said he would pay her for the images.

Through their investigation, the sheriff’s office found graphic images involving Hooper and the young female. They say they also found graphic material involving “unidentified victims.”

The sheriff’s office obtained search warrants and executed them at the business, located on Williams Wharf Road in Mathews County. They also searched the 59-foot yacht.

He is charged with human trafficking, solicitation of prostitution of a minor under 16, forcible sodomy, manufacture of child pornography, and two counts of use of a communications system to facilitate offenses involving children.

Officials say Hooper is also charged with being a fugitive from Virginia and should be extradited back soon.

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