OTTAWA — The attorney for suspected rapist Samuel Williams met behind closed doors with prosecutors and Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Schierloh on Wednesday morning to set dates for upcoming hearings.
Williams, 22, whose address is listed in court documents as “unknown,” sat in the courtroom under the watchful eye of a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputy but did not otherwise take part in any of the proceedings.
Williams was indicted by a Putnam County grand jury June 20 on a single count of rape, a felony of the first degree.
The indictment alleges that Williams “did engage in sexual conduct with another … when the offender knows the other person is less than 13 years of age.”
The indictment further says the alleged incident took place on or about March 1, 2014 through July 15, 2014 at 1570 N. Perry St., Ottawa. Court documents indicate the alleged female victim was 4 or 5 years old at the time.
Williams was also indicted by a grand jury on May 3 on a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony of the fourth degree, for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 13 and 16 between May and September of last year at the same residence in Ottawa.
Williams is being held under $30,000 cash/surety bond in each of the separate cases.
Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Katherine Porter represented the state at Wednesday’s pre-trial hearing. Williams is represented by Attorney Alex Treece.
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