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Man, 44, given 22 years for rape of Edgerton girl

A man who prosecutors allege had sex with a 12-year-old girl more than 70 times and fathered her child has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Paul C. Williams, 44, of Kansas City, Ks, was sentenced last Thursday in Platte County Circuit Court for the first degree statutory rape of a young girl in Edgerton, Missouri.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd argued during the sentencing hearing for a life sentence for Williams. “This court cannot give this girl back her childhood, which this defendant robbed from her when he raped her beginning when she was just 12 years old and impregnated her when she was just 13,” he said. “But it can demonstrate to this girl something very important: that justice prevails when a little girl is hurt and the man who raped her won’t have a chance to do that to someone else.”

At the sentencing hearing, Zahnd said Williams had sex with the victim more than 70 times. The victim became pregnant, and DNA tests later showed that the probability Williams was the father of the child was 99.999%.

The victim, her grandmother, and aunt testified during the sentencing hearing. In addition, Zahnd read portions of a 40-page letter Williams wrote. Zahnd said most of the letter contained sexually graphic depictions of Williams’ crimes. In one excerpt, Zahnd read Williams admitted to himself what he did was “rape, pure and simple and you’re going to jail for it” and “you will never be trusted again.”

Zahnd said, “This defendant is right about one thing. What he did was rape, pure and simple. He can never be trusted again and deserves every minute of the long sentence the court handed down today.”

Williams pleaded guilty to the Platte County charge on April 2. He was also convicted of statutory rape and sodomy in Wyandotte County, Kansas District Court in April 2003 for having sex with the same girl at his Kansas City, KS home. He received a 13-year and 8-month sentence in the Kansas case. The court ordered Williams’ Missouri sentence to be served consecutively to the sentence in Kansas, meaning the 22-year Missouri sentence will not begin until Williams completes his Kansas prison term.

The case was personally prosecuted by Zahnd and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Miller Leonard. It was investigated by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department



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