OTTAWA — Samuel Williams, 22, whose address is listed as unknown in court documents, could be facing almost 17 total years in prison after appearing before Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Schierloh today to change his plea on rape and multiple other sexual conduct charges to guilty as part of a deal with the prosecution.
Williams was facing a single count of rape, a first-degree felony, for engaging in sexual conduct with a girl who was between the ages of 4 or 5 years old on or about March 1, 2014 through July 15, 2014 at 1570 N. Perry St., Ottawa, while he was 18 years old or older.
He was also charged with one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony, for knowingly engaging in sexual conduct with a girl between the ages of 13 and 16 between May 2017 and September 2017 at the same residence in Ottawa.
Williams was indicted on those charges in May and June. The prosecution also presented a bill of information Tuesday morning, adding a third charge of gross sexual imposition, a felony of the third degree, to the other two sexual offenses Williams was facing.
Schierloh told Williams he had the right to request the bill of information be presented to a grand jury for review but Williams waved that right and plead guilty to the gross sexual imposition charge with the rape and unlawful sexual conduct charges.
As part of the deal with the prosecution, Williams admitted to committing the crimes he was charged with. In each instance, Williams’ voice started off strong but as he began to outline his admitted crimes, his voice became a barely audible mumble.
Assistant Prosecutor Katherine Porter said the state was removing the life sentence element of the rape charge as part of the plea agreement and recommended the maximum of 11 years. She also recommended the maximum sentence of 18 months for the unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charge and the five year maximum for the gross sexual imposition charge.
Williams will also be classified as a Tier 3 sex offender for the rest of his life, Schierloh said.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 1 in Putnam County Common Pleas Court.
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