Ex-Salvation Army Islander gets 10 years for child sex attempt

An ex-Salvation Army soldier has been convicted for attempting to have sex with a child.

Roy Anthony Williams, from Newport, travelled to Tennessee, USA to have sex with a minor and attempted to persuade the minor to have sex with him.

The 53-year-old has been sentenced to 10 years in a US federal prison on Thursday (July 26).

Williams was responsible for organising the Christmas dinners for the Salvation Army on the Island.

He was removed from Salvation Army membership in August of last year when his charges came to light.

He was caught when the mother of his victim found text messages from him, according to Lenoir City Police.

Roy Anthony-Williams Credit: Knox County Jail

The Salvation Army have been approached for comment.