Donny Ray Williams, Jr

Donny Ray Williams, Jr

*A former Democratic congressional aide who pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of two women received no jail time because the judge believes he has suffered enough in an unrelated acid attack that required a surgically-inserted rod to be inserted in his forehead.

Donny Ray Williams, Jr., a former staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, admitted drugging and sexually abusing two female colleagues in December. He also pleaded guilty to making threats.

Prosecutors agreed to give Williams a plea deal in part because they feel he has suffered as the result of an acid attack that left him in debt and ended his political career.

About a year after his arrest on the sexual assault charges, a man who Williams believes was the ex-boyfriend of a woman he was dating threw acid in his face.
In court, his lawyers said he spent a month in the hospital, is blind in one eye, and had to undergo several life-threatening surgeries to correct the damage from the disfiguring attack. Williams still has burns on his face and a large protrusion on his head where doctors surgically inserted a rod to stretch his skin.

In a letter read in court on April 3 at his sentencing for the sexual assault case, one of Williams’ victims told how she met the defendant when she was an intern in 2010, and thought he would help her advance her career on the Hill.

Instead, the woman wrote, “He gave me a random dose of drugs and risked my life,” according to the Washington Post. The accuser moved away after the attack but she said Williams continued to harass her. Williams initially denied the allegations and insisted the relationships were consensual.

As part of his plea deal, prosecutors asked a judge to approve a 4-and-a-half year suspended sentence. Williams will remain a free man as long as he stays out of trouble. He also got five years of supervised probation, will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years and undergo counseling.