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Man accused of assaulting teen girl was on probation

December 5, 2018

William James Ray was on probation for robbing a man at gunpoint two years ago when he allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl last week.

Ray, 35, took the girl Thursday from a bus stop at Smith Street and Rudisill Boulevard, where she was waiting for a ride to school, police said. He then took her to a nearby shed and sexually assaulted her, a probable cause affidavit alleges.

In 2016, Ray told a man he was interested in buying a pair of Cartier sunglasses from the man who was selling them out of his apartment on Newport Avenue. Instead, he pointed a handgun at the man and took the glasses.

“The glasses are mine now,” Ray said, according to court documents filed in September 2016.

He pleaded guilty in 2017 to an armed robbery charge and was sentenced to three years in prison. At the time of the attack last week, Ray had been on probation since Oct. 18, court records said, and a hearing on a petition to revoke his probation is scheduled for today in Allen Superior Court.

He also was convicted of robbery in 2003, according to court documents filed in 2016, but no details about that case were provided.

The girl Ray allegedly abducted and assaulted called a friend as she was being attacked, the affidavit said. The friend called the girl’s mother, who arrived to find Ray holding her daughter in a headlock, investigators said. The mother chased Ray in her car and called 911. He was lying on the ground, complaining of pain to his legs and trouble breathing when police arrived to arrest him, court documents said.

The Journal Gazette does not name victims of sex crimes without their permission. The name of the mother is being withheld to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

Ray is charged with five felonies including rape, kidnapping and sexual battery. He faces up to 361/2 years in prison if he is convicted on all of the counts. The probation violation could result in more time.

mleblanc@jg.net

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