Williams reaches deal with prosecutors on assault charges

| July 21, 2020 8:34 AM

A Troy man pleaded guilty to a single felony count of assault on a minor in Lincoln County District Court on July 6 after striking a deal with prosecutors.

Cody Williams, 28, faced multiple charges after a March 17 incident involving two underage boys during a sleepover. As well as assault on a minor, prosecutors charged Williams with two counts of sexual assault.

According to court documents, the boys were wrestling when Williams allegedly decided to join. He grew angry during the fracas and began choking one of the boys, court documents said. Williams also allegedly punched the boy in the eye.

Afterward, Williams held the boys down and rubbed his crotch on them, according to court documents.

Troy police officers began investigating after the father of one of the boys contacted law enforcement when his son returned home with bruises around his eye and on his neck. The boy corroborated the story, court documents said.

When officers tracked down the other child involved, he offered a similar account as his friend. Interviewing that boy’s father, investigators learned that the man had stepped out of the house briefly with his wife to run to a convenience store.

The boys were left under the supervision of the man’s 18-year-old son and Williams, court documents said. Learning about the incident upon his return, the man confronted Williams and demanded he leave the home.

Police officers arrested Williams shortly thereafter.

In exchange for his guilty plea, authorities dropped the two sexual assault charges against Williams. Prosecutors will recommend he serve five years of a 10-year sentence with the state Department of Corrections.

Under the conditions of the agreement, that term will run concurrent with the recommended sentence for a petition to revoke case also in district court.

A sentencing hearing for Williams is scheduled for Aug. 10.