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Archive for Saturday, August 1, 1998

FORMER JAYHAWK TO APPEAR IN COURT

August 1, 1998

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A former Jayhawk basketball player is scheduled to appear next week in a Reno County courtroom to answer charges that he exposed himself on at least five separate occasions.

Billy David Williams II, known as B.J. Williams, was arrested Thursday night on campus by Kansas University police, following an investigation into reports that he exposed himself on at least five separate occasions at his Hutchinson apartment complex.

Williams, 23, who completed his eligibility on the 1997 KU team, posted a $7,500 bond through a bonding company and was released about 11:30 p.m. Thursday from the Douglas County Jail.

Detective Jim Rayburn of the Hutchinson Police Department said Williams has been living at an apartment complex in north Hutchinson, where the alleged exposures took place. Rayburn said they occurred on separate dates throughout July, but he wouldn't elaborate on the specific allegations or whether the incidents occurred inside or outside the apartment complex.

``We received the complaints, and I got them all the same day,'' Rayburn said. ``An investigation revealed the five incidents.''

The investigation also led detectives to believe there were more similar incidents, but the alleged victims in those cases were from out-of-state or ``did not want to get involved'' by filing a report, Rayburn said.

Two felony lewd and lascivious behavior charges were filed because the alleged victims were under the age of 16, Rayburn said.

KU Police Sgt. Troy Mailen said Hutchinson police contacted the campus Office of Public Safety on Thursday afternoon because Williams was in Lawrence. On Wednesday, he played in a scrimmage at the Roy Williams Basketball Camp at Allen Fieldhouse.

Mailen said a KU police officer was sent Thursday night to the Jayhawker Towers parking lot and noticed an illegally parked vehicle. Soon after that, B.J. Williams walked up to the car. He was arrested about 8 p.m.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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