Photo: Walter Lee Williams
Police at the Mexican sea resort of Playa del Carmen arrested one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, a former college professor accused of sexually exploiting children.
Walter Lee Williams, 64, was nabbed around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in a coffee shop near a public park, Quintana Roo state Attorney General Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres said during a press conference in Cancun.
“At present we have no record of any crime he has committed here. His arrest is based on a request by the FBI, which put him on the Most Wanted list for crimes of sexually exploiting children,” the attorney general said.
“He was unable to prove he was in the country legally, for which reason he was handed over to Immigration, so it will be up to them to turn him over to the proper authorities,” Garcia Torres said.
Media outlets in Quintana Roo published Williams’ photo on Tuesday and announced that he was wanted in the state.
According to FBI records, Williams is a native of Durham, North Carolina.
Williams, who was included just Monday on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, is linked to an organization known as the Buddhist Universal Association of Los Angeles, and the FBI has tracked him through such countries as Indonesia, Polynesia, Thailand, Peru and Mexico.