Ken Williams’ former stepson charged with sexual assault
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO AND JON SEIDEL Staff Reporters January 14, 2013 9:36AM
Dedrick Williams, 30, has been charged with felony Criminal Sexual Assault, felony Unlawful Restraint, and misdemeanor Domestic Battery. | Chicago Police Dept. photo
Updated: February 16, 2013 6:14AM
Dedrick Williams, the former stepson of White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams, sexually assaulted a woman inside a room at the Palmer House hotel early Saturday, leaving the victim with a black eye and “extensive bruising,” a Cook County prosecutor said Monday.
Dedrick Williams, 30, appeared briefly in bond court at 26th and California on Monday, when Cook County Judge James Brown ordered the former baseball pro scout held on $150,000 bond. Brown said Dedrick Williams, should he post bond, would be placed on electronic home monitoring.
Dedrick Williams — who is charged with criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and misdemeanor domestic battery — was at the Palmer House, attending “an event” with his ex-girlfriend, the victim, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Sexton told Brown during the bond hearing. At some point, Dedrick Williams, who’d been drinking, became “verbally aggressive” with his ex-girlfriend, Sexton said. The two went up to Dedrick Williams’ room, where he allegedly beat and then sexually assaulted the woman, Sexton said.
“Various witnesses staying in the hotel heard loud screaming coming from [Dedrick Williams’] hotel room,” Sexton said in court. “The witnesses heard a female voice screaming, ‘Help me!’ numerous times from within [Dedrick Williams’] hotel room.”
A short while later, witnesses heard Dedrick Williams’ door open and a female voice in the hallway continue to yell, “Help me!” Sexton said.
According to a Chicago police report, a friend of the victim took her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the victim reported the assault. Dedrick Williams was later arrested at his home in the 4700 block of North Central, according to the report.
Dedrick Williams, wearing a crimson fleece top and blue jeans, didn’t speak in court. Amber Klinge, his court-appointed public defender, said Dedrick Williams had been an insurance agent for the last two years; before that, he’d worked as a pro scout for baseball.
On Monday, Ken Williams said he hasn’t had any contact with Dedrick Williams for “a couple of years” and wasn’t aware of the charges until he was contacted by the Sun-Times.
“I hope the best for all of them,” he said. “That’s too bad.”
Dedrick Williams and his brother, Kenny Williams Jr., were charged in 2003 in North Carolina on one count of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny, according to news reports at the time.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the charges in exchange for 150 hours of community service and a year of unsupervised, trouble-free probation.
Dedrick Williams told the Sun-Times in 2006 he had done scouting work for his father.