(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A 52-year-old man on trial for raping an 11-year-old girl changed his plea to guilty Tuesday after his wife testified against him and the victim was about to take the stand, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Clarence Williams pled guilty as charged to rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee.
The charges stemmed from incidents that occurred in 2016 at a home near Crump Boulevard and Interstate 55. The girl said Williams sexually assaulted her in a bedroom and that he previously had touched her inappropriately on numerous occasions.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Dru Carpenter and Alyssa Hennig of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.