Man Sentenced to 17.5 Years for Child Pornography

News Channel 5
October 22, 2008

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A Williamson County judge sentenced a Spring Hill man to 17.5 years in prison for making child pornography.

In 2005, James Sells, Jr., worked at comic book and collectibles store in Spring Hill when police found more than 4,000 images and videos of child pornography.

Police said he also met some of his victims at a Brentwood church where he worked.

The 36-year-old man still faces five counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual battery In Williamson County.

Police charged Sells with statutory rape for molesting girls in his comic bookstore. While investigating the Williamson County charges, police said they found thousands of images on Sells' computer.

"This case, it was the epitome of disgustingness," said Franklin Sgt. Charles Warner.

"I've never seen anything more deplorable in my life."

He said he's never been more shaken "as a police officer and as a man than I was by this case."

Warner investigated a similar case with a different victim in Franklin when police confiscated Sells' computer and found thousands of images.

Police said his victims included an 8-month-old child whose mother took part in the abuse.

"There was a sudden panic in me and in the DA to find out who the child was and where she was at," Warner said.

The child's mother, Lisa Marie Williams-Jones participated in the sex acts, Warner said.

"She wanted him in a relationship with her and offered her child as a package deal," Warner said.

Sells' neighbors described him as a quiet, unassuming man.

Detectives believe that persona made him the ideal predator.

"To hear that something like that happened in this neighborhood is shocking and I was absolutely appalled," said one woman.

Warner said if the teenage girls in Williamson County had not come forward the pictures would still be hidden.

"We rescued that girl," Warner said.

Williams- Jones was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Her baby is in the custody of family members.


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