WENY News - Tompkins County jury convicts man on sex abuse charge

Tompkins County jury convicts man on sex abuse charge

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ITHACA, NY (WENY) - A Tompkins County jury has convicted a man on a sexual abuse charge.

A jury found 33-year-old Matthew Williams guilty of 1st degree Sexual Abuse and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was accused of buying alcohol for two 12-year-old girls and driving them into the woods to a secluded campsite on June 17th, 2016. While there, he served the girls alcohol and later sexually abused one of the girls in the back of his pickup truck. The girls ran away and hid in the woods for hours. They were found the next morning.

The jury deliberated for about five hours before reaching a verdict. Williams faces a maximum sentence of 7 years in state prison and 10 years post-release supervision.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 25th.

Assistant District Attorney Diane Lama and Deputy District Attorney Andrew Bonavia prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the New York State Police. 

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