New Bern, N.C.–A Raleigh man arrested after a public campaign to identify a child predator led to his arrest pleaded guilty July 16 to one count of manufacturing child pornography.
William Akers, 46, was arrested by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) hours after law enforcement made a public appeal to identify a man seen in a video sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl. The case was investigated by HSI, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh Police Department.
According to the investigation, on Jan. 5, 2014, a state search warrant was executed at Bailey Joe and Elizabeth Mills’ residence and several laptop computers, external hard drives and cellphones were seized. A subsequent computer forensics examination of the seized items located several homemade videos taken by the Mills’. The Mills have previously pleaded guilty and been sentenced for manufacturing child pornography. The videos show Akers sexually the girl in August 2013. On March 10, a federal complaint charging “John Doe aka Peter Gilbert” with conspiracy to manufacture child pornography was obtained. Akerswas arrested March 12, 2015 after several tip line callers identified him. Akerswas the IT manager for a company located in Raleigh.
At sentencing, set for October, Akersfaces up to 30 years imprisonment.