New York State Police have announced the arrest of a High Falls man for sexual assault and the unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.
On Wednesday, State Police Ellenville arrested William H. Williams, 60, after an investigation into what they say is an alleged sexual assault. State Police Kingston were investigating the sexual assault report on Tuesday and New York State Police investigators interviewed Williams at his residence.
State Police say as investigators entered his home, they found a methamphetamine lab. New York York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) then responded to the scene and cleared the home, State Police say.
Williams was taken into custody without incident, and has numerous charges held against him while he is held in Ulster County Jail without bail. The charges are below:
- Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine 3rd Degree (felony)
- Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Material 2nd Degree (misd)
- Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine 4th Degree (felony)
- Predatory Sexual Assault (felony)
- Aggravated Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree (felony)
- Criminal Obstruction of Breathing (misdemeanor)
- Unlawful Imprisonment 1st Degree (felony)
- Criminal Possession of Weapon 3rd Degree (felony)
- Rape 1st Degree (felony)
On October 5, 2017, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office reported the arrest of Erik F. Fehring, 30, and William H. Williams, then 58, both who were reportedly inmates at the Ulster County Jail, for the misdemeanor of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.
"In April 2017, the Kingston Police Department began an investigation into the theft of slabs of blue stone from sidewalks from the area of West Chestnut Street. During the course of the investigation, Mr. Fehring was developed as a suspect. The Kingston Police Department discovered he and Mr. Williams sold the blue stone to a pawn shop in the Kerhonkson area not long after the thefts. The Kingston Police Department was able to locate and recover the blue stone after it was resold to a third party," the Ulster County Sheriff's Office post read.
In April 2017 the Ulster County Sheriff's Office reported another incident involving Williams via Facebook. Williams was charged with the misdemeanors of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, as well as several traffic infractions, the office said.
They explained that on March 29, 2017, deputies assisted the Town of Ulster Police Department with an assault investigation, where deputies were asked to survey the surrounding area for a vehicle involved in the incident. It was then during a traffic stop on Lucas Avenue in the Town of Rosendale where they found Williams driving the vehicle with a revoked license.
Williams at that time was also in possession of a quantity of amphetamine, and was taken into custody.