Stanley Williams (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A San Bernardino man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old victim in 2012 was sentenced Friday to 110 years in state prison for multiple counts.
On Feb. 26, a jury found 53-year-old Stanley Williams guilty of four felony counts of Lewd Act Upon a Child and one count of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse.
In 2012, the 13-year-old victim was living with her family at an apartment complex in San Bernardino. Later that year, the defendant—a convicted sex offender—moved into the same complex and asked the victim’s parents if the victim could come over periodically to clean his apartment in exchange for a few dollars and the family agreed.
According to Deputy District Attorney Alicia Long, who prosecuted the case, during this time, the defendant began grooming the victim.
“He started off by holding hands with the victim and telling her that he loved her,” said Deputy District Attorney Long. “His conduct escalated from there. The defendant convinced the victim that they were in a loving relationship and that he was her boyfriend.”
In 2013, the victim’s mother discovered inappropriate Facebook messages between Williams and the victim. The victim’s mother confronted the defendant and called the police. Williams was arrested by officers with the San Bernardino Police Department and later charged.
While the case was pending, the defendant went through numerous attorneys, sending letters to the victim and attempting to arrange for others to dissuade her from testifying.
“For the past five years the victim’s family appeared at nearly every court date waiting for justice for their daughter,” said Deputy District Attorney Long. “At trial, the victim showed great strength and courage in her testimony. Thanks to her resilience on the stand, this predator will never be able to hurt another child.”