Sex offender headed back to prison for new crimes against child

A convicted sex offender who started raping a child after his release from prison was sentenced Thursday to 20 more years in prison.

Robert Cori Williams, 37, could have faced a sentence of life in prison, but in consideration of the victim and her family, the prosecutor recommended a 20-year cap for any prison sentence and the judge accepted the recommendation.

“We want this over,” the victim’s mother told Judge Daniel J. Craig at Williams’ sentencing hearing in Richmond County Superior Court. Her daughter could not bear to testify at trial, she said.

Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter told the judge that Williams sexually assaulted the girl repeatedly over a four-year period beginning in 2009, when the child was 10 years old.

Williams was paroled from prison in 2009 after serving about half of the prison sentence imposed for crimes relating to his flashing of little girls on their way to school in 2001.

Williams was a registered sex offender after his release from prison, which raised the question why he was allowed any contact with a child, the judge said.

Craig sentenced Williams to 20 years in prison, followed by 20 years on probation.

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