RALEIGH — After pleading guilty in April of producing child pornography, a Bladenboro man was given 50 years in federal prison on Tuesday.
William Lee Pait Jr., 46, in addition to his prison sentence, was also put under lifetime supervised release after completing his sentence. The sentence was handed down by Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt.
Pait was indicted in June 2012 on three counts of online enticement of a child to engage in illegal sexual conduct, one count of kidnapping, one count of production of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and four counts of committing sexual offenses while registered as a sex offender.
According to the investigation, Pait posed as a teenage boy online and attempt to seduce girls between the ages of 12 and 15. The report claims that Pait was successful on two occasions of talking a girl into meeting him on a street corner late at night or in the early morning hours.
In 2002, the mother of the one of the girls became aware of the situation and called police, and Pait was arrested. He was handed a short prison sentence and required to register as a sex offender.
But in 2007, Pait tried to abduct a young girl by dragging her into his vehicle. The girl, however, fought him off and called police.
Investigators claim that Pait had also reached out to young teenage girls in Bladen, Robeson and Cumberland counties for sexual acts and/or to obtain their involvement in sexually explicit images.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; the Pueblo, Colo., Police Department; and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.