Convicted felon gets 20 years for sex attack

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A St. Augustine man will spend the next 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2013, prosecutors said Wednesday.

In July, a jury found Curtis Leroy Williams, 43, guilty on charges of felony sexual battery and misdemeanor physical battery, according to the State Attorney's Office.

In October 2013, Williams lured the victim into a home on Smith Street in St. Augustine to find her a phone battery, the victim told investigators. That's when he struck her in the face and raped her, according to an arrest report.

During interviews, Williams repeatedly denied having sex with the victim but later changed his story and said she had sex with him in exchange for crack cocaine, the arrest report said.

The victim correctly picked Williams out of a lineup, according to the report.

Williams, a convicted felon, has an extensive rap sheet, including 14 prior felonies and 16 misdemeanors, according to the State Attorney's Office. Because of his past, he was sentenced as a habitual felony offender, a status that allows a judge to impose up to double the maximum possible sentence.

Following his prison term, Williams also faces 10 years of sex-offender probation, prosecutors said.


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