Democratic Staffer Won't Serve Jail Time for Drugging, Raping Women

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A former Democratic Congressional aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual assault charges after raping two unconscious women in 2010, but will serve no jail time. According to prosecutors, Donny Ray Williams, 37, put put Ambien in one woman's drink and raped her while she was unconscious. A month later, he took another woman home and raped her while she was too inebriated to give consent.

Williams served as an aide for several Democratic members of Congress; his last position was as a staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee. The Washington Post reports that Williams was originally indicted on ten counts, but prosecutors agreed to dismiss six of them. He pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats and was given a suspended jail sentence. Williams will have five years of supervised probation instead, and be compelled to register as a sex offender for ten years. In 2012, he'd told the Post the charges were "absolutely and completely false," adding, "I'm not guilty. I've never done anything to hurt anybody. I tried to live my life to help people."

Earlier this year, as you might recall, the conservative American Enterprise Institute informed us that drug-facilitated date rape is mostly not real. (Except, obviously, when Democrats use them.) Today the party line on Conservative Twitter is that the media is "ignoring" the Williams story to focus on Elizabeth Lauten, the GOP staffer who resigned after commenting on Facebook that the Obama daughters lacked "class." Many of those tweets link to the Post.



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I don't want to say much, but one of my immediate family members was sexually assaulted several years ago by a high-ranking Democrat staffer (not this guy) during a campaign event. Both of them were fired. Party higher-ups made it clear if charges were pressed, they would go nowhere. So this, while sad, is no surprise.