published Friday, December 9th, 2011

Hamilton County man arrested in child rape case involving 2 boys

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    Harry Willard Williams, 48, who has been charged with two counts of child rape.

A Hamilton County man charged with raping two young Chickamauga, Ga., boys was arrested this week, court records show.

Harry Willard Williams, 48, was indicted on two counts of child rape by the Hamilton County grand jury on Nov. 30, but was not arrested until Tuesday.

Williams is accused of repeatedly raping the two boys between Jan. 1, 2010 and April 15 of this year, according to an indictment filed in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

The indictment did not state Williams' relationship to the boys or the boys' precise ages, but indicated that they were between three and 13 years old.

Assistant District Attorney Bill West said he could not comment on the circumstances surrounding the case or how Williams came into contact with the children, but said the boys were "very young."

West said the cases involving young children are often brought directly to the grand jury instead of going through General Sessions Court. The move protects young children from having to testify in open court on several occasions and also protects their identity, he said.

Williams is currently in custody at the Hamilton County Jail. His next court date is Dec. 16 before Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman.

Willams previously has been charged in Hamilton County for driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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