Husband and wife charged with sex crime and theft in Douglas County

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

Joshua Michael Williams in 2015.

A husband and wife were charged Wednesday in Douglas County District Court with a sex crime and theft.

Joshua Michael Williams, 35, and Michalia Danielle Williams, 25, have each been charged with one count of aggravated sodomy and one count of theft.

The charges relate to an incident on March 6, when the two allegedly engaged in a nonconsensual sex act with the victim, according to charging documents from the court. The documents say the two are also accused of stealing the victim’s phone.

The two were booked into the Douglas County Jail around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday after they were served warrants by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies, said George Diepenbrock, a spokesman with the sheriff’s office.

During Joshua Williams’ first appearance on Wednesday, he requested an own-recognizance bond so he could get out of jail before his co-defendant wife delivered her baby. An own-recognizance bond requires no money down to be released from jail.

Assistant District Attorney Christen Secrest Cockerham said that the state wanted the bond to be increased for both defendants to $100,000 because of the severity of the aggravated sodomy charge, a level-one felony, and because they both have failure-to-appear warrants in Johnson County.

Judge Blake Glover set bond for each as a cash or surety bond for $20,000. They are both in custody at the Douglas County Jail, according to the jail booking log.

Joshua Williams was appointed defense attorney Hatem Chahine, and his next appearance is set for June 7. Michalia Williams was appointed defense attorney Dakota Loomis and is scheduled to next appear on May 31.

Joshua has prior convictions in Johnson County for felony criminal threat and aggravated escape, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office declined to release their booking photos.


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