A former Capitol Hill staffer and Obama administration official has been indicted on charges that he drugged several women and sexually assaulted them, according to the Washington Post.
Court papers say Donny Ray Williams Jr., 36, gave at least one woman Ambien and assaulted her while she was unconscious, the Post reported:
Williams was charged with 10 counts of first- and second-degree sexual abuse and related charges in connection with attacks that authorities said occurred between July and December 2010. During that time, according to his profile on the LinkedIn Web site, Williams was staff director of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.
A third woman made similar allegations against Williams, attorneys and Williams said, and a fourth woman said that he threatened her. As a result of that fourth allegation, Williams was indicted on one count of threatening to injure or kidnap a person. Additional details of that charge were not made public.
While Williams’ LinkedIn profile has been removed, a cached version shows he also worked as a deputy assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development from April 2009 to October 2010:
Williams told WUSA-TV on Friday he is “absolutely innocent of every single charge, and I’ve never done any crime in my life, and I’ve never been arrested for shop lifting or anything.”
“And I certainly wouldn’t start with something as heinous as what the charges were, and I just pray the truth will come out,” he said.
According to the Post, Williams was arrested last year in connection with one of the alleged assaults and appeared before a judge in May 2011. In that incident, a woman visited his Washington, D.C. apartment where Williams allegedly made her a drink of sparkling water and vodka. The woman said she drank it and lost consciousness, then awoke with her pants removed and a “burning sensation” in her vaginal area. He drove her home, and she later went to a hospital to be examined.
The case is currently set for trial early next year.
(h/t Weekly Standard)
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