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Man charged with Framingham rape ordered held without bail

Posted by Tom Coakley  April 17, 2013 01:42 PM

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A district court judge ruled Wednesday that the man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Framingham be held without bail until his trial.

Nathan Williams 19, did not attend the hearing to see whether the accusations leveled against him were severe enough that he be held without bail under Massachusetts' dangerousness statute.

Judge Douglas W. Stoddart made his ruling after listening to arguments from the prosecution and the defense.

According to Massachusetts law, an accused person may be held in pretrial detention if there is "a substantial risk" of the accused using physical force against another.

Williams pleaded not guilty last week to kidnapping and raping the Keefe Regional Technical High School student.

In making the case against Williams on Wednesday, prosecutor Katelyn Draper painted a graphic portrait of the events April 4, after the victim was dropped off from school.

Draper said the victim was walking down Gorman Road when Williams allegedly displayed a knife and told her to come with him.

According to Draper, Williams allegedly led the victim through the woods. As they were walking, Williams allegedly thwarted the victim's attempt to use her cell phone to call for help, taking the phone from her.

Draper said Williams brought the victim to a swampy, wooded area where he assaulted her, after telling her not to inform anyone. According to Draper, Williams said, "Good girl. You know what will happen if you do."

Draper said the victim told her family and police what transpired, and was transported to MetroWest Medical Center for treatment, where DNA samples from the alleged assailant were collected.

Williams' apartment was searched, and a knife and clothing matching a description given to police by the victim were discovered.

Draper said DNA from the April 4 attack matched samples collected in a previous rape accusation against Williams.

According to Draper, on March 21, Framingham Police responded to the rape of a 19-year-old woman, who identified her attacker as Nate Williams, whom she had known, and DNA evidence was collected.

Williams was questioned by police, but has not yet been indicted in that assault.

Williams' defense attorney John Daily argued that no one else witnessed the assault on the Framingham student, and that she could not identify Williams' photograph in an array of images presented to her in the police investigation.

Daily said that Williams could be monitored with a GPS device, as opposed to being held in jail.

"The facts in this case are so disturbing," Draper told the judge. "The dangerousness statute was written precisely fir this situation."

Judge Douglas W. Stoddart has set a probably cause hearing for May 16.

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