FORT SMITH, Ark. (KTHV) - In May 2015, William Thomas Hammond, 47, of Cleburne, Texas was stopped by a deputy of the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Hammond was found traveling with a minor. The minor admitted the two had sexual intercourse several times before Hammond would drive her back to Arkansas.
On Thursday, Hammond was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison in relation to the crime. Once released, he will then have to serve 10 years of supervision. Hammond was officially charged with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Instead of going to trail Hammond decided to plead guilty to the crime. Hammond explained, in the plea agreement, that he met the minor online and began a relationship. He would then visit Mt. Judea, Arkansas and meet up with the minor for sex before finally bringing her across state lines back to his residence in Texas.
The case was a joint investigation between the FBI and Newton County Sheriff's Office. It was a part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide endeavor to fight child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit: www.projectsafechildhood.gov.