A jailed Waco man accused of trafficking a woman for sex last week was accused of attempting to get a family member to contact the victim in order for her to change her statement to authorities, an arrest affidavit states.
Eddie Leon Williams, 37, was arrested on Feb. 14 after he allegedly forced a woman to meet with a man in order to have sex for a fee before Williams would collect the money. During the arrangement, undercover deputies met the woman and determined she was being used as a prostitute, court documents stated.
Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Williams was identified as the woman's pimp and had a history of violence against women he has been trafficking. The woman worked with deputies in order to arrest Williams on a first-degree felony warrant of human trafficking.
While Williams was in jail, detectives became aware of a phone call he made to a family member and authorities monitored the conversation, the affidavit states.
"During the phone call, Williams instructed (the family member) to contact the victim in this case," the affidavit states. "He told (the family member) to contact her and inform her that he understands that she doesn't want to get in trouble and to contact (a detective) and to change the statement she provided to law enforcement in order to get him out of jail."
The family member allegedly questioned Williams and said they could get in trouble for tampering with a witness, the affidavit states. Williams reportedly said that they would not get in trouble since he has not been ordered not to be in contact with the victim in the case.
After the phone call, detectives added a first-degree felony charge of tampering with a witness onto Williams' case. He remained in custody at McLennan County Jail on Thursday with a bond listed at $125,000.