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Lawrence man pleads guilty to raping 6-year-old, possessing child pornography

November 4, 2010, 1:12 p.m. Updated November 4, 2010, 3:25 p.m.

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A 29-year-old Lawrence man, Steve A. Williams, on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, was sentenced to serve 25 years to life in prison for having sex with a 6-year-old girl and possessing child pornography in 2010.

A 29-year-old Lawrence man, Steve A. Williams, on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, was sentenced to serve 25 years to life in prison for having sex with a 6-year-old girl and possessing child pornography in 2010.

A 29-year-old Lawrence man Thursday pleaded guilty to having sex with a 6-year-old girl and possessing child pornography in June.

Steve A. Williams admitted to the acts Thursday morning in front of Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone.

Williams, who had lived with his mother in northern Lawrence, was arrested and charged this summer with five counts, but Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said the plea was important because Williams still could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Malone told Williams in court that he faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison on the rape count. Williams did know the victim.

“We’re very satisfied to be able to get a life sentence in a situation like this where the offender’s guaranteed to be in prison for at least 25 years,” said Branson, who prosecuted the case. “It provides that lengthy separation from the victim, where the victim can attempt to heal and recover from their traumatic experience knowing that they’re safe from the defendant.”

Williams admitted to the acts based on information he told Lawrence police officers in an interview that was recorded. He admitted to having sexual intercourse with the child in June and possessing pornography on his computer of another child who was under the age of 18.

Family members after the arrest said the exploitation charge stemmed from Williams showing the DVD containing child pornography to another family member. A relative turned the DVD over to police, which spurred the investigation.

“You’re saying you did do that?” Malone asked about the rape charge.

“Yes,” Williams replied.

Attorneys from both sides said they would recommend the exploitation sentence run concurrently with the rape sentence. Williams will have to register and report as a sex offender if he’s ever released from prison.

Malone revoked Williams’ bond and scheduled a sentencing hearing for Jan. 7.

A jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but last week Malone ruled the video interview with police could be used at trial.

Defense attorney Jessica Kunen said she expected to file a motion asking for a lesser sentence. Branson said he would oppose the motion.

The child rape plea still falls under Jessica’s Law, meaning Williams faces 25 years to life in prison.

“We don’t have to put a 6-year-old child on the stand and make her go through that additional trauma of testifying in court about what happened,” Branson said. “We’re pretty happy about the outcome.”

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jeffds01 3 years, 10 months ago

lock him up and throw away the key.....

dido to scum scum scum

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LeBo 3 years, 10 months ago

Once again no picture of wht male sex offenders! The mug shot has to be on file in the Douglas County Jail.

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George Diepenbrock 3 years, 10 months ago

We have requested the photo and expect to receive it soon from the sheriff's office.

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amac 3 years, 10 months ago

I may not be reading this clearly, but he'll only be 55 years old after 25 years in prison. That doesn't seem like a life sentence to me.

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grammaddy 3 years, 9 months ago

25 years before the Parole Board will even see him. I doubt if they will parole him ever.

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Danimal 3 years, 9 months ago

I doubt he'll make it that long, child molesters aren't the most popular people in prison. It's not uncommon for some other inmate that's serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole to kill a child molester.

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Richard Payton 3 years, 10 months ago

25 years to Life - I hope the sentence is life! The scum would only be 54 if served only 25 years.

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crispysyn 3 years, 10 months ago

I am with OrangeChubb. Don't waste my tax money feeding and housing this piece of garbage for the rest of his life, end his life. He does not deserve to live. From the movie Watchmen, Rorschach said it best, "Men get arrested. Dogs get put down." And its times like these I wich the Boondock Saints were real.

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Zachary Stoltenberg 3 years, 10 months ago

Not only will this guy spend the rest of his life in jail, he'll be in solitary. There is even a code among criminals and guys like this get nailed. He'd be dead in a week with the regular population.

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Vinny1 3 years, 10 months ago

With you on the other convicts beating his azz. They will, thats for sure. Depending on where he goes for lockup, how bad it will be.

As for how long he'll spend, I would be willing to put money on the guy only spending 25 in the slammer. Not because thats right, but because thats just how how dumb our government is. He should be given the death penalty...but somehow that is no longer "correct."

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alm77 3 years, 9 months ago

He won't be "in solitary", he'll be housed with other sex offenders. I have a relative who was a correctional officer on the floor dedicated solely to sex offenders. They can't and don't keep them in the general population for the reasons you stated, but honey, you're fooling yourself if you think they are all alone in prison.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 10 months ago

6 years old? Good luck at your parole hearing in 2035, I am sure the victim will be there.

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motherof_6 3 years, 9 months ago

As the family speaking i can reassure yes we will be there in 2035 and i don't see him making it very far

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Shane Garrett 3 years, 10 months ago

Let's hope that both victims find the help they will need.

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yankeevet 3 years, 10 months ago

Off with his head.................both of em..............may he rot in jail.....

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Scott Kaiser 3 years, 10 months ago

I am so disgusted I can only want to retch....

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equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 10 months ago

In my experience Lawrence is such a hateful, medieval, conflict- of -interest sort of place the incompetent prosecutors are lucky if they manage to even distinguish correctly between the victim and defendent. In a case like this I trust such a cynical analysis doesn't pertain, but you hve to question a backwoods, southern-justice law enforcement system like Douglas County that is all about sticking people with false charges to help powerful and hugely immoral "victims" avoid facing the financial liabilities their horrific abuses reasonably involve.

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Haiku_Cuckoo 3 years, 9 months ago

False charges?! He admitted to having intercourse with a six year old! What is wrong with you? His actions are indefensible. You shouldn't be surprised that child rape brings out a hateful reaction in people. It is a perfectly acceptable response to such a sick crime.

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overthemoon 3 years, 9 months ago

are you taking your meds as directed??

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redmoonrising 3 years, 9 months ago

A 6-year-old is an immoral "victim" and him admitting his crime is being stuck with false charges? At least he will be getting the same sentence he would have gotten at trial if found guilty and there is no chance of anyone convincing a jury he was innocent.

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lawslady 3 years, 9 months ago

Someone needs to take her meds - or get more mental help of some kind. Hint - if you cannot get along with anyone else, the problem may be with YOU!

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motherof_6 3 years, 9 months ago

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thatonedude 3 years, 10 months ago

.... What the hell are you getting at?

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thebigspoon 3 years, 9 months ago

I really doubt if it matters what the sentence is or when his parole hearing is either. I don't think he will survive very long in prison once the other prisoners find out what he is in there for...

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kmcr14 3 years, 9 months ago

disarm the rapists, i say...

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Steve Miller 3 years, 9 months ago

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akt2 3 years, 9 months ago

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sandrat83 3 years, 9 months ago

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PrettyTony 3 years, 9 months ago

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compmd 3 years, 9 months ago

This is stupid. So we lock this guy up forever, but what happens to killers again? Oh thats right, they rarely get such severe punishment. Had he killed the kid also, the punishment would be no worse. Do we see the problem here?

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milehighhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Seems like Lawrence has a much higher rate of cases like these than the national average - think it's high time the LJW does a broader story on the problem.

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Steve Miller 3 years, 9 months ago

He probably won't make it what ever time he gets, the sisters will take care of him handily ...

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DevsAdvocate 3 years, 9 months ago

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smitherinm 3 years, 9 months ago

This story just breaks my heart. I just don't understand how someone like this could actually do this. These children are innocent beings and so absolutely precious. I pray that our God is able to heal them of the heartache and that He is also able to heal their families.

I truly believe in forgiveness and I pray that men like this seek the Lord for help. However, at the same time though I also believe that once a sex offender, always a sex offender. Keep them locked up forever so they don't do this ever again! Sex offenders should NOT be granted a chance a parole. PERIOD.

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motherof_6 3 years, 9 months ago

God bless you and thank you Sincerley the family of all 6 victims

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lionheart72661 3 years, 9 months ago

amac (anonymous) says… I may not be reading this clearly, but he'll only be 55 years old after 25 years in prison. That doesn't seem like a life sentence to me. He probably won't even make it out. Convicts have a rule. You don't mess with children! Oh you can bet his life will be a living hell behind bars.

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lionheart72661 3 years, 9 months ago

Consumer 1 i have no idea where you get your info but believe this...NO gang is going to codone this. There are lifers in there that will put the boot to him...and more than once.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 9 months ago

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Blessed4x 3 years, 9 months ago

There is no hell deep enough and no pain great enough.

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