Georgia man convicted of rape in Japan

Assaulted young girl repeatedly when he lived in Okinawa

A Georgia man faces up to life in federal prison after being convicted of raping a girl over a four-year period while he lived in Okinawa, Japan.

 

A federal jury found Dwain D. Williams, 36, guilty of aggravated sexual abuse, abusive sexual contact with a child, engaging in illicit sexual conduct while traveling in a foreign country, and committing a criminal offense while accompanying a member of the armed forces outside of the United States.

Jurors convicted Williams, of Pelham in southwest Georgia, on Thursday after a four-day trial in U.S. District Court at Valdosta, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said Monday in a release.

The girl, now 15, testified during the trial that Williams raped her beginning when she was 9 and continuing until she was 13, while she lived in Okinawa, Breuer said.

The sexual molestation occurred from July 2004 through July 2008, according to a May 5 superseding indictment charging Williams.

During that period, Williams was in Okinawa with his wife, who was a member of the U.S. Air Force, court documents showed.

He faces a mandatory minimum term of 30 years and could get life. U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands has not set a sentencing date.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Office of Special Investigations for Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta.

Williams was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative intended to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse that the Justice Department launched in 2006.

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