Child Sex Crimes Suspect Who Escaped Laurel County Authorities Believed to be in North Carolina

The U.S. Marshals, along with several East Tennessee agencies, are on the lookout for a man charged with child sex crimes who escaped Laurel County officials earlier this year. In an update, TBI officials said they believe the suspect, 52-year-old Sean Williams, is in Sylva, North Carolina. According to the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office, Williams, escaped while being transported to Greeneville, Tennessee from Laurel County. Williams has three tattoos, all on his left arm and hand, according to officials. He was spotted after the initial escape but the person didn’t realize who he was and didn’t contact authorities until later that day. Anyone with information on Williams is asked to call the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office at 423-798-1800 or the U.S. Marshals at 423-638-3391. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest. The US Marshalls then added an additional $5,000 to the reward, bringing the total up to $7,500.