Donny Ray Williams Jr.: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Donny Ray Williams Jr., 37, is a former Democratic staffer who just pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two women at his Capitol Hill apartment in 2010.

He pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.

The case has drawn comparisons with the widespread and immediate coverage of the Elizabeth Lauten case. Lauten was the GOP staffer forced to resign after making disparaging comments the clothing and behavior of the Obama daughters in a televised appearance, saying that they deserved “a spot at the bar.”


1. He Is Accused of Spiking One Woman’s Drink With Ambien

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Prosecutors say that Williams invited the first victim to his apartment on July 22, 2010. She was a congressional colleague of his, and he promised to introduce her to other Senate employees. They also planned to discuss issues before the Senate subcommittee, including Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an arrest warrant.

While in his apartment, Williams gave the woman a drink that prosecutors say was spiked with Ambien, a drug that Williams was taking for a sleep disorder.

She then lost consciousness, and when she woke up her trousers had been removed and she believed she had been raped. After Williams drove her home she went to the George Washington University Hospital.


2. He Was Also Accused by Three Other Women

Washington, D.C. Superior Court (Getty)

Washington, D.C. Superior Court (Getty)

A month later, prosecutors said Williams invited a second woman to his home and gave her alcohol. They said he had sexual contact with her when she was too intoxicated to give her consent.

A third woman made similar claims against Williams and a fourth woman accused him of threatening her, leading to the one count of misdemeanor threats.


3. He Originally Claimed Innocence & Said the Case Would Destroy His Life

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In a 2012 interview, Williams said that the allegations were “absolutely and completely false”

Regarding his future on Capitol Hill, Williams said, “until this is over I don’t have a future,” and that “everything is destroyed.”

The Washington Post reported that according to his biographical information on LinkedIn, Williams left Capitol Hill two months after his arrest.


4. He Will Not Spend Any Time in Jail

Williams was originally indicted on 10 counts relating to allegations brought by the four women. After his guilty plea to charges of third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining charges.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors said they would seek a suspended prison term and five years of supervised probation. Williams also would have to register as a sex offender for 10 years. D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin will sentence Williams on March 6, and will have to agree to the terms of this plea deal.


5. He Was a Staff Director for a Senate Subcommittee at the Time of the Crimes

Joe Lieberman, Donny Ray Williams

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman speaks during a news conference on November 2, 2011. (Getty)

He worked for panels chaired by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), and also for Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).

At the time that the crimes occurred, between July and December 2010, Williams was staff director of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

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