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Mathews County man found guilty of producing child porn, other federal charges

William Hooper was found guilty in federal court. He could face 15 years to life in prison. A woman will also be sentenced after admitting she produced child porn.
Credit: Mathews County Sheriff's Office
William "Billy" Hooper, Jr.

RICHMOND, Va. — A jury found a Mathews County man guilty of producing child pornography, conspiracy to produce child porn, and coercion and enticement of a child.

William Hooper was indicted earlier this year on those federal charges.

Court records say Hooper conspired with Jennifer Hutchens to produce sexually abusive images of two underage girls in April and May 2019. Hooper and Hutchens also coerced one of the girls to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

The Mathews County Sheriff's Office initially charged Hooper with human trafficking, manufacturing child porn, and solicitation of the prostitution of a minor under 16 years old late last year.

He was arrested in La Plata, Maryland, and extradited to Mathews County.

Deputies said a victim under the age of 16 was alone on a yacht that was owned by Hooper but registered to his business the Williams Wharf Oyster Company, LLC.

The Sheriff's Office said Hooper suggested the girl take pornographic pictures of herself in exchange for money. Other graphic material involving other unidentified victims was also found by deputies. 

Evidence presented at the trial also found that Hutchens recruited other underage girls to participate in what Hooper called "teen modeling."

Credit: Gloucester County Sheriff's Office

These girls' families were struggling financially and Hooper promised they would be compensated for their "work." Hooper also sexually abused one of the girls.

Hutchens previously pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 13.

Hooper faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years to life in prison when sentenced on Feb. 9, 2021.