PLATTE CITY, Mo. – With the help of DNA evidence, a jury found Chervaldric Williams, 38, guilty of statutory rape and sodomy on Wednesday. Williams sexually abused a 15-year-old girl in 2009 according to a press release from the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office.
The victim testified during the trial that she met Williams at a movie theater on October 17, 2009. The two exchanged numbers and remained in contact through the next day. That evening, Williams picked the victim up in the late evening hours after her parents had gone to sleep.
They engaged in sexual activity at Williams’ apartment that night and he dropped her off at a friends’ home, she didn’t immediately return to her own home. This caused the parents to panic and they eventually used cell phone records to locate where she may be. The records indicated the victim and Williams had been in contact.
When the parents first confronted Williams he initially denied knowing her and then called back to say that he was a ‘stand-up guy’ and ‘would never do anything to hurt their daughter’. The friend the victim was staying with eventually convinced her to return home, at which time the victim told her parents what had happened.
After contacting authorities, a DNA expert from the Kansas City Police Department collected a sample from the victim’s shirt and later told the jury that it was a one-in-18 quintillion match to Williams. Williams denied sexual contact, spinning the blame back to the victim, saying he had fended off sexual advances from her. He did not have an explanation as to how his DNA had ended up on the victim’s shirt.
A jury ultimately did not believe Williams’ story, he’s set to be sentenced on October 4. In the immediate aftermath of the initial encounter, Williams was suspended from his recruiting duties and the Army initiated its own proceedings against him.