Sexual predator gets 25 years

Sexual predator gets 25 years

A Grants Pass man who pretended to be the answer to busy single moms' prayers, then became their worst nightmare by molesting their young daughters, was sentenced Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court to 25 years in prison for multiple Measure 11 sex crimes.

Shawn Williams, 41, was sentenced by Judge Timothy Gerking for two Measure 11 sex crimes — first-degree sodomy and first-degree sex abuse. Thursday's sentence will run concurrently with two previous 75-month sentences he received in Josephine County for similar crimes, totaling 25 years.

Williams engaged in "predatory sex acts" against "innocent, defenseless children," Gerking said.

Williams offered a string of excuses and no remorse before Gerking handed down his ruling. With his arms folded across his chest, Williams asked Gerking for mercy and pleaded not to be "condemned to a life in prison."

"There's no evidence I did what they said I did," Williams said, adding he did not testify at his own trial and was convicted on hearsay evidence based on statements from troubled children and vindictive mothers.

Williams had a pattern of romancing single mothers, then molesting their young daughters under the guise of offering experienced parenting help to the tired working moms, said Jackson County prosecutor David Orr.

"He hit on women who worked in restaurants," said Orr. "He appeared nice, friendly and personable."

Once Williams made his way into the women's homes, he sexually assaulted their children while the mothers believed he was helping out with child care, he said.

In September 2008, Williams abused a 5-year old girl in Josephine County, Orr said.

"The mom in the Josephine County case testified (Williams) said, 'I raised a girl. Let me help you,' " he said.

In November 2008, Orr said, even as Williams knew police were investigating him for molesting the child from the Josephine County case, he convinced a Jackson County mother to allow him to give her 4-year-old daughter a bath using a similar ploy.

During the bath, Williams sexually abused the little girl, Orr said.

The traumatized child struggled to testify before the grand jury, Orr said. She got off the witness chair and curled up in the arms of a big stuffed bear, he said.

Orr said when he asked her what part of her body had been touched, she pointed to her pelvic area.

Williams was found guilty of two counts of first-degree sex abuse in the Josephine County case and sentenced to 121/2; years in prison. He was convicted in June on the Jackson County case of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sex abuse in a bench trial before Gerking. All are Measure 11 convictions with mandatory prison sentences.

Williams' predatory behavior convinced Orr to ask for a sentence that would have put Williams away for 37 years.

"Not so much as a punitive aspect, but more from the point of 'What do we do to protect the community?' " Orr said.

Gerking ruled Williams' total prison time for all four guilty verdicts would be 300 months. Williams will receive credit for time he has served in prison since his Josephine County conviction, the judge ruled.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail

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