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Crime & Courts

Suspect in rape on NIU campus out on bond

Charles L. Williams III, 18, of Peoria
Charles L. Williams III, 18, of Peoria

SYCAMORE – A Peoria teenager accused of raping a Northern Illinois University student is out on $7,500 bail, according to DeKalb County court records.

Charles L. Williams III, 19, whose address is listed as being in the 700 block of Lucinda Avenue in DeKalb in court records, has been charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and three counts of aggravated battery. If convicted of counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, each punishable by six to 30 years in prison, he’d serve them consecutively, Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert said during his bond hearing May 7. She said he would not be eligible for probation.

Police said in court records that before 5 a.m. May 5, Williams hit a woman over the head twice with a glass vase in the arts building on the NIU campus, raped her and threatened to kill her if she reported it to police.

Stuckert set bond at $75,000 May 7, and a Peoria woman wrote a check for $7,500 Nov. 19 for Williams to be released. On Stuckert’s orders, he was placed on electronic home monitoring and barred contact with the victim.

Williams is due back in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 20.

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