Archive for Friday, February 25, 2011

Lawrence man sentenced to life in prison for rape of 6-year-old girl

February 25, 2011


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 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for having sex with a 6-year-old girl over a two-year-old period.

“This is a very serious offense. This was a young girl,” District Judge Michael Malone said to defendant Steve A. Williams. “What makes it worse is the fact that there was a trusting relationship there.”

Williams had pleaded no contest in November to rape of an extended family member, and Malone sentenced him to serve 25 years to life in prison. Williams will also concurrently serve a three-year sentence after he was convicted of exploitation of a child for possessing child pornography of another child who was younger than 18.

He had lived with his mother in north-central Lawrence before Lawrence police officers arrested him last June. Family members have 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.

Defense attorney Jessica Kunen had asked Malone to give Williams a lesser prison sentence saying that he cooperated with investigators, had a minimal criminal history and had been sexually abused himself as a child.

“He has accepted responsibility for his actions and has shown remorse,” Kunen said.

But District Attorney Charles Branson said the severity of the crime and the fact it went on for two years, from the time the victim was 4 years old, warranted a life sentence.

“Mr. Williams understood his behavior was wrong, but he kept going back to this behavior and would revisit the victim in this case under his own admission, as he indicates this went on for several years,” Branson said.

Williams declined to speak during the hearing, but the victim’s stepmother said her children hate what happened but still loved him. She also expressed sympathy for him because he was sexually abused as a child.

“In a way, thank you for admitting it when you did get caught instead of trying to deny it,” the girl’s stepmother said. “But you have to live with this the rest of your life.”


ResQd 7 years, 3 months ago

He'll be where he belongs now and hopefully the other inmates will take advantage of him, as well.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 3 months ago

The sentence was 25 to life, which means he won't see a parole board for the next 25 years. It doesn't mean he will be locked up ALL the rest of his life, only that he could be. And should be.

Deb Engstrom 7 years, 3 months ago

He'll see a parole board in about 12 years or less.

notyourmom 7 years, 3 months ago

This is a mandatory minimum of 25 with no parole. Jessica's Law.

Uhjh 7 years, 3 months ago

One word death! Want is wrong with our system?

jhawkinsf 7 years, 3 months ago

This life in jail, next life in hell.

bigdave 7 years, 3 months ago

The state is going to pay with are taxes five times what I make working my butt off to keep this D-Bag alive for the rest of his life!!! We need to thin out all these D-Bags in prison with a shot in the arm and save the state millions to be put in to schools for are children!! There should not be a sex offender registry because if your a sex offender you die!!

Jimo 7 years, 3 months ago

Errrrr.......if the total amount of taxes you pay for this guy ever adds up to a grand total of one dollar you come back and let us know (in 2053!). Unless of course you're an anonymous multi-millionaire named Dave.

The taxes you're thinking of are for the thousands and thousands of non-violent offenders sentenced to absurdly long sentences (hundreds of thousands of days in prison? millions?) because there's no such thing as too short of a sentence!

CloveK 7 years, 3 months ago

It probably will end up being a life sentence, and I doubt it takes 25 years.

justoneperson 7 years, 3 months ago

1--It is unconstitutional to put an offender to death for child rape (2008)

2--To change that would require Congressional action/a constitutional amendment (or a reversal by the Supreme Court)

3--The cost to states is higher for putting someone to death then putting them in jail for life

Keep the scumbags in jail. Show up to their parole hearing and ensure they stay there.

justoneperson 7 years, 3 months ago

the Court explained that the application of the death penalty had to rest on national consensus, and that as only six States permitted the death penalty for child rape, no such consensus existed. In formulating the idea of "national consensus" the Court relied on the previous cases Roper v. Simmons (2005), which outlawed the execution of minors, and Coker v. Georgia (1977), which outlawed the application of the death penalty for the crime of rape.

kidscount 7 years, 3 months ago

it amazes me that this man gets a life sentence but others get off with a slap on th hand (basically).

LAWRENCE MAN SENTENCED FOR RAPE A Douglas County judge on Friday sentenced a Lawrence man to consecutive prison terms for his convictions on two charges stemming from the sexual assault of a teen-age girl. District Judge Ralph King Jr. ordered Ernest L. Hatch, 34, 1519 Powers, to serve 82 months in prison for raping the girl, who is now 14. He then ordered him to serve another 13 months for his conviction on another felony sex crime. The offenses occurred between December 1990 and March 13, 1994.

this was his own biological daughter!!! cant tell me he didnt deserve life if not death... this young lady got pregnant by her own father!!!

As far as I'm concerned, any man that rapes a young girl should get life in prison if not death!!!!

dblawrence 7 years, 3 months ago

There never really is a right or wrong punishment for these sick individuals. They themselves kill who that child would have been. Speaking from experience of being a survivor of sexual abuse the men who abused me one being a step father from 4-6 and only receiving 6 months in the state hospital, the other two noone knew about until much later so nothing was ever done. These sick individuals took my innocence and showed me things NO CHILD should ever know. They murdered my inner child. Through therapy I have moved on in life and dealt with alot of issues and will continue surviving. WHAT is an appropriate punishment ? I still haven't figured that out yet. Why does one get life and another get less? It doesn't matter what one abuser does that the other one didn't ; it could be fondling or full on intercourse. The impact the offender leaves on this child is the same! So, how do you decide who gets life and who gets a slap on the wrist ??? Ultimately they have murdered that inner child and the child will NEVER BE THE SAME!

Richard Payton 7 years, 3 months ago

Steve Williams was abused as a child so he must understand the pain of being abused. I wonder if his abuser is still walking around the streets? Steve could have broken the cycle of abuse but chose to harm a helpless child. Appears as if Steve Williams would have contined his action of abuse if a family member hadn't done the right thing. I wonder if he is truly sorry or sorry he got caught.

lsuwins 7 years, 3 months ago

Abusers can not be rehabilitated. Mandatory castration and spend the rest of their lives in a Mexican prison. Mexicans get a decent job in their own country, we don't have to support them and another pedophile, rapist, abuser is eliminated. Everyone wins except the victim.

hitman33 7 years, 3 months ago

Your statement makes no sense "Isuwins". What decent job have you ever seen an illegal immigrant have? Unless you consider picking vegetables out in the fields by hands, landscaping, dish washing, concrete laboring, and many more for less than minimum wage, then you are correct. I guess when we send all our prisoners to Mexico, so the Mexicans can have decent jobs, all the prison guards that lose their jobs USA can have all the decent jobs the illegal immigrants left behind. I'm sure all the prison guards in the USA will thank you for your great idea.

Judgesmails 7 years, 3 months ago

You sick freak.

Hopefully, you'll get yours in prison

hitman33 7 years, 3 months ago

As soon as the other prisoners find out what he is in there for they will give him what he deserves.

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