Child-sex suspect accused of rape

Dwight Williams Jr. was charged one day after he was released from jail.


Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.

A man who had been released on his recognizance in a previous child-sex case stands accused of sexual battery on a 16-year-old girl the following day.

Dwight Maurice Williams Jr., 18, of 1610 NE 18th Place, was arrested Wednesday morning in the rape of the teenager earlier this month, according to the Gainesville Police Department. He is one of three co-defendants in the rape case.



Montavious Deranardo James, 19, of 612 SW Second St., was arrested Tuesday afternoon, also on a charge of sexual battery. The third co-defendant, an 18-year-old Gainesville man, has not yet been arrested.

On Jan. 15, a day before the alleged rape, Williams was arrested on the charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a person under age 16. Circuit Judge Toby Monaco ordered Williams to be released on his own recognizance in that case.

In Williams' arrest report, Detective Rebekah Moore said the co-defendants claimed all the sex acts were consensual when they were questioned shortly after the incident was reported.

Moore said the rape occurred Jan. 16, beginning at about 7:45 p.m., inside the home of the 18-year-old co-defendant who remained at large on Tuesday.

The victim said she was invited to the home by the resident, whom she met at school. She told investigators that two other women were at the home, along with the three men, but the two women left shortly after the victim arrived.

According to the victim's version of events, she and the men smoked marijuana, and then she went into a co-defendant's bedroom and sat on a chair. The men began to remove her clothing, the victim said, ignoring her protests, and then forced her into multiple sex acts with them.

The victim said she told Williams to stop at one point because he was hurting her, but he continued. She also told Moore that she was afraid for her safety and did what she was told to avoid angering the men.

Moore described the victim as being about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 110 pounds and the men as being much larger. Williams was listed on jail records at 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Williams was being held at the Alachua County jail on Wednesday afternoon, awaiting a first court appearance, where bond will be set for him.

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