Top Orlando high school basketball recruit accused of raping woman

Emmitt Williams arrested on sexual battery charge

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor , Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - A 19-year-old top high school basketball recruit is accused of raping a woman and refusing to let her leave her apartment, according to the Orlando Police Department.

The victim said she invited Emmitt Williams, 19, to her apartment the night of Oct. 10. She told him she wanted to go pick up her friend, but Williams would not let her because he said he wanted to be alone with her, the arrest warrant said.

Police say the victim repeatedly told Williams that she didn't want anything sexual to happen but he ignored her pleas, overpowered her attempts to fight him off and raped her.

The victim texted a friend after the attack and said she was shaking and "freaking out" because of the attack, according to the affidavit. She told her friend that the more she said "no" and tried to fight Williams, the more aggressive he became, the report said.

A detective spoke with the victim on Oct. 11 and had her text Williams. During that text conversation, Williams acknowledged that the victim said "no" to having sex with him but he ignored her, according to the affidavit.

News 6 spoke to Williams' attorney Thursday night, who denied it happened.

"He's obviously shocked," Timmy McClain said. "He understands this is not just a fight to play basketball, it's a fight for his life, and so he's taking it very seriously."

ESPN reports that Williams, a 6-foot-8 forward, recently transferred from IMG Academy to Oak Ridge High in Orlando and that he has offers from the University of Florida, the University of Louisville and the University of Kansas.

A spokeswoman from Orange County Public Schools said that Williams enrolled as a student locally over the summer, and his attorney confirmed he was enrolled at Oak Ridge High School.

"He would not have belonged to a basketball team since tryouts haven't taken place yet," she said.

Williams was booked Wednesday into the Orange County Jail on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment. He's being held without bond.

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