COURT NEWS: William Wilson convicted of sexual assault on a child; has been released after only five years; living in Wildewood Apartment

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UPDATE: New residence reported for William Clay Wilson in the Wildewood Apartments in California, Md. – not far from one of his prior predatory acts.

According to the Parole and Probation Division, Wilson was released to mandatory supervision on 8/19/19. 


Convicted repeat child sex offender now living near Wildewood school bus stops

  • Primary Residence: 44761 Woodlake Ct, Apt/Unit# 724, California MD 20619
  • Date of Last Change of Address: 09/24/2019

Mandatory Supervision does not mean someone is with him 24/7.  It is not home detention.  Supervision is through the Division of Parole and Probation.  Depending on his supervision order, he would be required to report to a P&P office to meet with his agent regularly, and/or take part in-home visits from his agent. 

A Department of Public Safety and Corrections official said that William Wilson has several days from the day of his release (8/19/2019) to report to the local police department and register as a sex offender.  



Sept. 13, 2013 — According to police, on September 6, 2013, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department received notification of a suspected child sexual abuse from the St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services involving a minor child.


The investigation by detectives revealed on August 28, 2013, suspect, William Clay Roberts Wilson, age 45 of California, Maryland, engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor child, eight years of age, who was known to the suspect. Wilson was taken into custody without incident, charged with a 4th Degree Sex Offense, Sexual Abuse to a Minor and incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Jail pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

At trial, according to a press release from St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz, Wilson’s mother, Jan Nave Barnes, a real estate agent in California, Md., who had posted bond for Wilson when he was arrested, asked Circuit Court Judge Sean Wallace to show leniency, claiming her son had been drinking and didn’t know what he was doing.

STATES ATTORNEY RICHARD FRITZ PRESS RELEASE: On November 6, 2013, William Clay Wilson, age 47, was indicted by the Grand Jury sitting in St. Mary’s County for Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Second Degree Sex Offense, and Third Degree Sex Offense against a minor child.

On March 24, 2014, he entered an Alford plea and was found guilty of Third Degree Sex Offense involving a mentally incapacitated victim.

He was sentenced by the Honorable Sean Wallace to ten years in the Department of Correction, suspended to nine years of active prison time.

Judge Wallace made mention of the defendant’s prior involvements in (similar) activity of this sort, noting an incident in 2005 where the defendant attempted to lure a young girl into a car from a Wildewood bus stop.

Upon his release, he will be placed on five years of supervised probation. He was ordered to register as a Sex Offender with the Maryland Sex Offender Registry for the remainder of his life.

At sentencing, the defendant’s mother, local realtor Jan Barnes, addressed the court and asked for leniency because her son had a drinking problem and didn’t know what he was doing at the time. Additional witnesses included the defendant’s brother and psychologist James Lewis. The victim’s stepmother spoke on the victim’s behalf. In fashioning a sentence that exceeded the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines, Judge Wallace made mention of the defendant’s prior involvements in activity of this sort, noting an incident in 2005 where the defendant attempted to lure a young girl into a car from a Wildewood bus stop.

The Office of the State’s Attorney would like to commend the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Cory Ellis, Detective Scott Ruest, and the Maryland School for the Deaf for their hard work to protect this victim and ensure justice was done to protect our community’s children.

Signed: Richard Fritz

Prior predatory act

Judge Wallace not only didn’t buy that lame line from Barnes but noted that Wilson had attempted to lure a child from a school bus stop in Wildewood into his vehicle in 2005 and on Oct. 29, 2014, increased the sentence for Wilson to serving nine years in prison.

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As of Aug. 2, 2019, Wilson was incarcerated at the Dorsey Run State Prison in Jessup, Md.

Wilson is a registered sex offender in Maryland for life.

Released from prison

UPDATE: As of Aug. 20, 2019, Wilson was not on the list of those incarcerated in the Maryland prison system and as of Aug. 21, 2019, is now showing on the sex offender registry.  It is the responsibility of the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department to track Wilson and be sure he is in compliance with the requirements of registration when released from prison.


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