CHAMBERSBURG, PA – Following a two-year investigation by authorities, a drag queen residing in Pennsylvania has been arrested on multiple counts of possessing media depicting underage children engaging in sexual acts, according to the state’s Attorney General’s Office.
Brice Patric Ryschon Williams of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania – who performs under the stage name “Anastasia Diamond” – has been charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography and is currently being held on $100,000 bail – which he is unable to pay – at the Franklin County Correctional Center, officials say.
The Child Predator Section of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office had received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on May 18, 2020 that 76 child pornography files had been uploaded to Dropbox – a file-sharing website – in a file linked to the name Anastasia Diamond.
After an investigation, a search warrant was obtained by authorities on June 22, 2022 and served at Williams’ home on Thursday morning by special agent Travis Nye. While being interviewed by authorities, Williams reportedly denied ever having ever “uploaded, downloaded, or sought child pornography,” police say.
However, an investigation of Williams’ Samsung Note 9 smartphone, according to officials, revealed 25 video files of children engaging in explicit sexual acts.
According to Williams’ Facebook page, Williams identifies as a “genderqueer social worker and drag queen,” and in July 2021, an article noted that the “community organizer” would begin working with local organizations to provide “safe spaces” for gay and transgender children of color. However, Instagram video footage from 2017 shows Williams dancing for children in what can be construed as a sexually suggestive manner.
According to the case docket, Williams is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges against him on July 5.