Man gets 8 to 16 years for child sexual assaults

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A family shattered by child sexual abuse went before Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva on Thursday to tell its story and to support a long jail term for the abuser.

Kopriva sentenced defendant William Williams II, 37, a truck driver, to a prison term of 8 to 16 years.

His time in prison will be followed by 10 years of probation.

He still must undergo an evaluation by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Review Board to determine if he is a violent sexual predator, which would require him to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

“We appreciate your energy and courage to share your personal feelings,” Kopriva said as a mother and her three teenage daughters concluded their statements.

The emotion was raw and intense as the mother lashed out at Williams, calling him a “pig” and a “pedophile” and said, “I hate you with everything in me.

“It makes me so sick to know how you manipulated everyone. You put a good cover on all of your life until now,” she said.

“Through my God, we will overcome this. You will not hold power over me and my children ever again. You did not break me. You are evil,” the mother said.

Williams and his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Ed Ferguson, were in court because Williams had filed pretrial motions challenging the charges against him.

That move came after a plea agreement had reportedly been struck between the defense and Assistant District Attorney Russell Montgomery.

Montgomery, in response to Williams desire to go before a jury, prepared a request to amend the charges against Williams. The new indictment Montgomery prepared was much more detailed and listed 227 charges, including 45 counts of rape.

Before Thursday’s hearing could begin, the two sides came to a renewed

plea agreement, which Montgomery presented to the judge.

Kopriva sentenced Williams, who entered no-contest pleas for statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, two counts of corruption of a minor and two counts of indecent assault.

The judge asked Williams if he had anything he wanted to say. He declined, telling Kopriva in a stern voice, “No ma’am.”

While Williams had nothing to say, the young female victims took turns telling the judge how they felt.

The mother placed her left arm around each child for support as the child spoke.

“I will never forgive you,” cried out one of the youngsters.

A second daughter said she has anger and fear inside. She said she would get through her ordeal with the help of “counseling, prayers, family and friends.”

Yet another daughter called Williams a “monster,” and said to him, “You should have known better than to do what you have done to me.”

The father of the children said he too had trusted Williams when the children visited Williams’ house.

“You will be going to jail. It should have been a lot worse. The best thing now is you are behind bars. You will never hurt another child, and you are out of their lives forever,” the father said.

Kopriva commented to Williams, stating that recently she spoke to a child sexual offender who had served 15 years behind bars.

He initially protested the charges and told Kopriva it took him eight years to admit to himself what he had done.

She asked him why it took so long, and he said, “It was part of me.”

The judge told Williams he may have to see himself as he was depicted Thursday before he will change.

Montgomery said he agreed to strike a plea agreement because of trauma the young victims would experience by testifying.