Former Canton Police Officer Receives 15-year Sentence for Gratification of Lust

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Lester Calvin Williams was sentenced to serve 15 years for gratification of lust involving a young girl. Williams will be required to serve the fifteen years of his sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.

On June 16, 2013, the Madison Police Department was contacted by the victim’s mother to report that her daughter had been molested while visiting Mississippi to see family. The mother had discovered text message between the defendant and Williams and confronted the child about the text. The child informed her mother that she had been touched inappropriately by Williams.

Investigators with the Madison Police Department had the Child Advocacy Center conduct a forensic interview with the child in which the child again disclosed the abuse at the hands of Williams. During the investigation Madison Police Department were able to identify victims who had been sexually assaulted by Williams. The victims disclosed that they had been abused by Williams as young children 30 years ago.

The Madison Police Department also worked with law enforcement officials in Louisiana regarding additional allegations of abuse. This joint investigation resulted in additional charges being filed in Louisiana against Williams for sexual abuse.

Guest stated, “Williams is a true pedophile who has secretly been molesting children his entire life. To make Williams crimes even more heinous was the fact that many years ago he was a police officer who had taken an oath to serve and protect the public.”

Guest added, “I proud to see that Judge Ratcliff sentenced Williams to the maximum sentence allowed by law. Williams is now going to prison for the next fifteen years of his life and he will be eighty years old before he is released from custody. This sentence will assure that he no longer has the opportunity to prey on other children.”

Guest concluded, “The Madison Police Department did an outstanding job of investigating this case and because of their hard we have been able to remove a sexual predator from our community. I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work in bringing Williams to justice.”

Name: Lester Calvin Williams
Date of Birth: 11/11/47
Address: 11901 Highway 16, Benton, MS