North Texas Youth Sports Coach/Referee Accused of Sexual Assault, Indecency
A man who was arrested on allegations of child sexual assault near Poteet High School earlier this week is facing two additional charges after another child has come forward with allegations.
36-year-old Billy A. Williams was arrested at around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and remains at Dallas County Jail after being charged with one count of Sexual Assault of a Child. Police say that Williams offered a girl a car ride to school and sexually assaulted her.
On Thursday, January 21, Mesquite Police acquired two more warrants for Williams on charges of Indecency with a Child. These charges were filed after another victim saw news of Williams’ arrest and recognized him. This second victim says that she knew Williams through youth sports.
Investigators have learned that Williams is a referee and coach in youth track and basketball throughout North Texas.
Mesquite Police believe that there may be more victims and have asked anyone who has experienced inappropriate or sexual contact by Williams to contact the police department at (972) 285-6336.
Legal Recourse for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of child sex abuse find justice and financial support by filing civil lawsuits against their abusers and/or negligent third parties. Here is some insight from Brian regarding the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by youth sports coaches:
Like virtually all fields that involve working with kids, youth sports are often targeted by sexual predators. This is why those who run youth sports leagues must do all that they can to ensure that no one dangerous is allowed around kids as a coach, referee, trainer, or in any other capacity. Background checks must be run and any allegations of sexual misconduct must be turned over to the authorities as soon as possible. But unfortunately, sometimes youth sports coaches and others involved in these leagues sexually abuse children, and in many cases, this abuse only occurs due to negligence on the part of the organization.
For example, a youth sports organization might be considered negligent if they hired a coach without first running a background check which would have shown a history of sexual misconduct. Cases which involve negligence often result in lawsuits filed by the victims and their families.
If you believe your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a youth sports coach, we understand how traumatic this experience has been for your family. Our sexual abuse survivors attorneys want to help you find justice. To learn more about your legal options, contact us for a free legal consultation.