Child porn suspect back in custody; wife arrested

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by Tyler Baldwin and Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 6:58 AM

Updated Thursday, May 5 at 9:13 PM

GLENDALE and PEORIA , Ariz. -- U.S. marshals captured a suspect in a child pornography case who jumped bail and fled.

William Willis, of Glendale, was arrested on burglary charges in July. While searching his home near Northern and 44th avenues, investigators reportedly found a large collection of child pornography showing girls younger than 18.

They said they also discovered an underground tunnel behind his house that led to an empty 8-by-10-foot room. Investigators believe Willis dug the tunnel himself, but they were not sure what uses that room might have had.

Willis, 45, was arrested and his bond was set at $50,000. He bailed himself out but was placed on house arrest and fitted with an electronic ankle monitor. At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said he ditched that monitor and disappeared.

Shortly after the monitoring bracelet stopped transmitting its signal, Maricopa County probation officers checked Willis' home but he was nowhere to be found.

A concerned neighbor told 3TV that on Sunday he saw a man in an ankle bracelet packing stuff up like he was moving.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, U.S. marshals located Willis' Jeep in an apartment complex near McDowell Road and 51st Avenue in Phoenix. The marshals saw Willis and his wife, who were disguised, get in and start to drive away.

Marshals stopped the Jeep and apprehended Willis without incident. He was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail.

Peoria detectives responded and took Jamie Lyn Willis into custody. She is being charged with hindering prosecution.

Willis is facing 15 counts of burglary and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, which is a class 2 felony.

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