Property owner discovers more than 1,000 pounds of illegally dumped waste

Middleburg man charged in illegal dumping

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – A Middleburg man stands accused of illegally dumping more than 1000 pounds of solid waste onto private property.

A judge has ordered that Daniel Lee Williams, 28, of Middleburg be held without bond after he was charged with littering more than 500 pounds of commercial solid waste and trespassing which were both a violations of his probation. 

According to the arrest affidavit, Williams was paid $200 to haul off and dispose a large pile of waste. The waste was supposed to be disposed at Rosemary Hill Solid Waste facility. Instead of taking the waste to the facility, Clay County deputies said Williams unlawfully dumped the waste onto secluded private property near Louie Carter Road. 

The waste was discovered by the property owner, who called authorities to investigate.

According to investigators, more than 1,000 pounds of solid waste totaling 544 cubic feet had been illegally dumped.

Because part of the arrest affidavit was redacted, it’s unclear how detectives linked the illegal dumping back to Williams. 

As of Monday the site remains uncleaned. 

News4Jax has learned that in 2010 Williams was sentenced to probation for burglary. Two years later, he was arrested after being accused of having sex with a minor between the age of 12 and 15.  The arrest was a violation of his 2010 probation sentence.

On Dec.  20, 2012 Williams sentenced to 18 months in prison for violation of probation. On the same day in court, the sex offense arrest was amended to a child abuse charge. Williams was convicted of child abuse and sentenced to 5 years of probation which ran consecutive to the prison sentence. 

Now he’s in violation of the child abuse probation after being arrested Monday for illegally dumping more than 1000 pounds of solid waste onto private property. 

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