Ex-professor's roommate arrested on porn charges

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2013 at 2:56 am •  Published: June 21, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 71-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography was once the roommate of a former California college professor accused of traveling overseas to engage in illicit sex acts with children, authorities said Thursday.

Richard Leonard Arlington was taken into custody May 14 at the storage facility in Cathedral City, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

He remains in custody without bail, charged with possession of child porn.

Arlington shared a house in Palm Springs with Walter Lee Williams, the former University of Southern California professor accused of traveling abroad to engage in sex acts with children, investigators said. Williams pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges.

Arlington and Williams were two of very few members of a group called the Buddhist Universal Association of Los Angeles, which espoused an ideology of extreme sexual freedoms, Eimiller said. During the investigation Arlington told an informant that even after taking a vow of celibacy members of the group were still allowed to have sex with young boys, according to the criminal complaint against Arlington filed May 7.

Williams, 64, was shackled and wearing street clothes when he appeared in a Los Angeles court, City News Service reported.

"I plead not guilty," Williams responded firmly when asked by U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle.

He was charged in a federal indictment that accused him of traveling to the Philippines in January 2011 to engage in sex acts with two 14-year-old boys he met online in 2010.

In a note dated January 2011, Williams wrote to Arlington thanking him for suggesting he travel to the Philippines, the complaint said. Williams wrote that he and one of the boys "have basically stayed at the hotel and not gone out at all."