Police: Ousted Fayetteville councilman charged with child sex crime

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina city councilman who resigned under pressure has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a 10-year-old boy.

The Fayetteville Observer reports a lawyer for 49-year-old Tyrone A. Williams says the former Fayetteville City Council member turned himself in Tuesday.

Williams resigned from the council in May, after nearly a month of calls to resign from fellow councilmembers. An audio recording of a December meeting had surfaced in which he told a developer he could resolve a minor property title issue for $15,000. Williams maintained he did nothing wrong.

According to warrant paperwork, the sex charge also stems from December, but few details are available.

In a statement, Williams’ lawyer called the charges “despicable and baseless,” asserting they arose from Williams’ “very contentious relationship” with his ex-wife.

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