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Crime & Courts

$40k added to bond of man accused of jail sex assault

Williams could face 6 to 30 years if convicted of most serious charge in Saturday attack

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County Jail inmate accused of sexually assaulting another inmate had $40,000 added to his $75,000 bond Tuesday.

Dakari D. Williams, 22, of DeKalb, is charged with with aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and battery in connection with an the incident which occurred in a cell at the jail on Saturday, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said.

He could face six to 30 years in prison if convicted. Judge Robbin Stuckert emphasized to Williams that he would not be eligible for probation if found guilty.

Police said that Williams had threatened to sexually assault the victim Friday, and then made good on that threat Saturday. Scott said the attack occurred inside the victim’s cell, out of view of surveillance cameras. It happened in the jail’s older section, which is used to house maximum-security inmates.

Public Defender Tom McCulloch said that Williams was in jail because he already couldn’t afford to post bail in connnection with earlier charges of aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery out of DeKalb.

“I see a certain amount of futility here,” McCulloch said, adding that jail administrators have a responsibility to separate the accuser from the accused while the criminal case is ongoing.

“I agree, it’s up to the jail to determine who they house and where,” Stuckert said.

The alleged assault was the second violent crime inmates are accused of perpetrating against other inmates in less than a week. Four men face charges of aggravated battery and robbery in connection with an attack on another inmate in an incident that occurred on Thursday at the jail.

Scott has said the two incidents are not related and involve entirely separate groups. He said Monday that the charges against Williams were the first verified incidence of sexual assault at the jail since the late 1990s.

Williams is due in court at 9 a.m. Friday for a status hearing for the domestic battery charges.

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