U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi
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August 21, 2014

Gulfport Man Arrested for Engaging in Sexual Activity with Minors

GULFPORT, MS—William Richard Pryor, 68, of Gulfport, was arrested by FBI agents pursuant to a criminal complaint charging him with transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp.

William Richard Pryor was formerly employed as a math teacher at Bayou View Junior High School in Gulfport. According to the criminal complaint, beginning in approximately September, 1973 and continuing through the present, Pryor traveled and transported minor children in interstate commerce with the intent that the minor children would engage in sexual activity.

Pryor appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo for an initial appearance. He remains in custody pending a preliminary and detention hearing on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

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