Man Sentenced to 35 Life Sentences, Plus 110 Years

WARREN, AR - A Hermitage man has been sentenced to 35 life terms after he was convicted on 35 counts of rape involving five boys who were 13 years or younger.  Prosecutor Thomas Deen said after the sentence was imposed in Bradley County Circuit Court yesterday that 53-year-old David E. Williams will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Deen said he was grateful for the jury's verdict, as it means that no more children will be at risk from Williams.

In addition to the sentences for the rape convictions, Williams was also sentenced to 110 years in prison for convictions on five counts of taping the boys for a pornographic video, and a single count of possessing pornographic material involving minors.   He was also fined $85,000.

State police investigator Roland Ponthieux said after Williams' arrest in April of 2006 that an investigation began when officers got a call on a child abuse hotline reporting a sexual assault on a young boy.  Police said that, during the investigation, they learned of four more victims.  Investigators said one of the youngsters was eight years old, the other four were eleven.

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