A case filed against an Arkansas City man who was arrested by police on suspicion of sexual offenses has been continued to next month.

Darren Lee Williams, 36, was arrested Feb. 26 during a traffic stop in southwest Arkansas City.

He has been in custody at the Cowley County Jail in Winfield since his arrest. His bond is $150,000.

In addition to the original 34 criminal counts — including six counts of rape, 11 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a minor, four counts of criminal sodomy and 10 counts of aggravated criminal sodomy — there have been two additional criminal complaints filed against Williams since his arrest.

The additional complaints list a total of seven counts of rape, two counts of furnishing alcohol to minors and four counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.

Williams’ next court appearance has been set for July 21.


First case

The first criminal complaint filed against Williams lists two victims.

Victim one was younger than the age of 14 when many of the alleged crimes were committed and never more than 15, when the last of the alleged crimes were committed.

The complaint lists her as the victim of five counts of rape, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and two counts of criminal sodomy, all taking place between July 1, 2015, and Feb. 21, 2016.

Victim two was younger than the age of 14 when the alleged crimes began and younger than the age of 16 when the last of the alleged crimes were committed.

The complaint lists her as the victim of one count of rape, nine counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and 10 counts of criminal sodomy, all taking place between June 2013 and March 2015.


Possible punishment

Rape and aggravated criminal sodomy are “off-grid felonies,” which means they are considered more serious than other crimes.

The minimum sentence for those counts would be life in prison. Depending upon prior criminal history, Williams, if found guilty, faces options of possible parole after 20 or 40 years, or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Each of the six counts of rape and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy could bring with it a life sentence.

If Williams is found guilty of aggravated indecent liberties with a child or criminal sodomy, each of the counts could come with a sentence of a minimum of 55 months to a maximum of 247 months in prison, a post-release supervision term of 36 months and a fine of up to $300,000.

If he were to be found guilty of any of these charges, he also would have to register as a sexual offender, according to Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith.


Additional cases

An additional two cases containing 13 total charges were filed against Williams in April.

Two new victims are listed in the new cases.

The first case filed against Williams lists the victim as a female as a juvenile born in September 2001, when the alleged crimes were committed.

Three of the five counts are rape allegations, while the remaining two are for furnishing alcohol to a minor for illicit purposes.

The victim was never older than 14 during the time the alleged crimes were committed, according to allegations outlined in a criminal complaint.

The second case lists a second victim, born in the same month and year as the first.

Four of the charges filed against Williams in this case are rape accusations, while the remaining four are for aggravated criminal sodomy.

Rape and aggravated criminal sodomy both have a minimum sentence of life in prison.

Depending upon his prior criminal history, Williams faces possible parole at 20 or 40 years, or life in prison without the possibility of parole, if he is found guilty.

If found guilty of furnishing alcohol to a minor for illicit purposes, Williams could be sentenced to a minimum of five to 17 months in prison, a post-release supervision term of 12 months and a fine of up to $100,000.

The two victims listed in the two new cases came forward with allegations against Williams last month, after he was arrested.


Bond changes

Williams had a bond amount of $200,000 on the original charges. His bond was reduced to $100,000 on March 17.

Since that time, an additional $25,000 has been added to his bond amount for each of the new cases.

If Williams raises enough funds to make bond, he has been ordered to appear before Judge Jim Pringle prior to his release.

In a court appearance March 17, Pringle ruled Williams also would have to meet these conditions should he bond out:

• mandatory electronic GPS monitoring;

• a limit of three locations: O’Hara Law Office, Cowley County District Court or his parents’ home;

• no contact with any female younger than 16;

• no contact with any of the alleged victims;

• supplying all contact information, including phone numbers and address, to court services prior to being released.

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