Former Democratic Staffer Donny Ray Williams Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault

A former Democratic staffer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to sexually assaulting two colleagues in 2010, The Washington Post reported.

Donny Ray Williams Jr., a former staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, was originally indicted in 2012 on 10 counts of sexual assault for allegedly assaulting two women after spiking their drinks. At the time, Williams called the allegations “absolutely and completely false.”

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Prosecutors say that on July 22, 2010, Williams invited a female congressional colleague to his Capitol Hill apartment and promised to introduce her to Senate employees. At the house, prosecutors said, Williams spiked a drink with Ambien. The woman, according to court documents, fell into a “deep sleep,” at which point Williams raped her.

A month later, prosecutors said, Williams invited another woman to his home and gave her alcoholic beverages. They said he had sexual contact with her when she was too intoxicated to give her consent.

In a plea deal reached Tuesday, Williams agreed to plead guilty to only four charges: third degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse, and one charge of threats to do bodily harm, per Roll Call.

Prosecutors said they would seek a "suspended prison term and five years of supervised probation. Williams also would have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.”

The former aide is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court for a March 6 sentencing hearing.

Williams began his career on the Hill in 1999 and worked for several Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Herb Kohl (Wis.) and Mary Landrieu (La.), as well as Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.) and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.).



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