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Wilson man charged with 151 sex offense counts

Posted May 13, 2009

— Wilson County sheriff's officials arrested a man Sunday and charged him with 151 sex offense counts.

Detective Dinise Williams arrested Romie Jonathan "John" Williams, 40, of Sims School Road, after a long investigation, according to Major John Farmer.

"We will not be releasing any other information about the case," Farmer wrote in an e-mail to WRAL on Wednesday.

Authorities placed Williams in the Wilson County Jail under a $900,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is expected on June 1.


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  • wattsun May 13, 2009

    Wilson paper has better info
    "A Wilson County man was arrested Sunday and charged with 151 sex offense counts.
    Romie Jonathan "John" Williams, 40, of Sims School Road, was arrested by detective Dinise Williams with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office after a lengthy investigation.

    "We will not be releasing any further information regarding this case out of respect for the victim," said Major John Farmer.

    Williams was placed in the Wilson County Jail under a $900,000 secured bond and was still in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.

    "We are just glad we have this predator off of the streets," Farmer said.
    A check of the N.C. Dept. of Correction records revealed that Williams had a misdemeanor larceny conviction in 1998 for which he received probation. His name was not listed in the N.C. Sex Offense Registry.
    Williams made his first court appearance Monday morning in Wilson County District Court. Wilson attorney Randy Hughes was appointed by the court to represent Williams.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 13, 2009

    He probably just downloaded 151 pictures of non-mainstream porn...which takes about 45 seconds.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 13, 2009

    COPs eye, thanks for clarifying that about the vest. I did honestly think it was a Little League Umpire's Chest Protector. And that really sent me off on a tangent.

  • Adelinthe May 13, 2009

    Well, at least the bond is reasonable.

    Anyone charged with a sex offense, especially if it is against a youngster, the elderly or the disabled, should NEVER have less than a $1 million bond.

    God bless.


  • hpr641 May 13, 2009

    wattsun - that's what I was thinking: "Long investigation" and "151 sex offense counts" ... sounds a lot like a cyber investigation.

  • Professor May 13, 2009

    lock him up for 30 years in prison should do the trick.

  • aintbackingdwn May 13, 2009

    suicide watch? They don't do mug shots when they first bring them in anymore? So they drug him back up front for his mug after being in a cell in a suicide suit. ....OOOkay

  • wattsun May 13, 2009

    Internet Sting?

  • dohicky May 13, 2009

    151 does make you wonder what was going on. I would hope most of them happened before they were into the investigation. At least they have him now.

  • COPs eye May 13, 2009

    THAT IS NOT A BULLET RESISTANT VEST!!! It is Suicide Suit. It is supposed to be untearale and you aren't supposed to be able to tie it in a knot. He was placed on suicide watch and striped of his clothing and personal items for a length of time. The suit is in place of his clothing to keep him warm,but not allow him to harm himself.