KEARNEY — For the second time in three years, Larry Williams adamantly denied having sex with a then-15-year-old girl while he was employed as a Ravenna Police Department sergeant.
Williams, 53, testified Wednesday on his own behalf in Buffalo County District Court. But not before Judge Bill Wright dismissed two of the seven counts of felony first-degree sexual assault against Williams because of lack of evidence.
Much like he said in his 2007 trial that ended in a hung jury, Williams admitted Wednesday to paying special attention to the girl because of the lack of parental involvement in her life.
Both Williams and the young woman said their relationship began around 1999 when she was 12 and Williams would respond to frequent 911 calls of the mother being unable to control her daughter. Williams and the alleged victim agreed in court that their relationship grew as Williams gave her rides in his police cruiser and allowed her to spend time with him at the police station.
In the summer of 2004, Williams said, he tried to end their friendship out of fear it would jeopardize his relationship with his future wife.
If convicted, Williams faces one to 50 years in prison on each of the five felony counts.
— World-Herald News Service