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Ken Williams’ former stepson charged with sexual assault

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Dedrick Williams, the former stepson of White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams, sexually assaulted a woman inside a room at the Palmer House hotel early Saturday, leaving the victim with a black eye and "extensive bruising," a Cook County prosecutor said Monday.

Williams, 30, appeared briefly in bond court at 2600 S. California Ave. on Monday, when Cook County Judge James Brown ordered the former baseball pro scout held on $150,000 bond. Brown said Williams, should he post bond, would be placed on electronic home monitoring.

Williams -- who is charged with criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and misdemeanor domestic battery -- was at the Palmer House, attending "an event" with his ex-girlfriend, the victim, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Sexton told Brown during the bond hearing. At some point, Williams, who'd been drinking, became "verbally aggressive" with his ex-girlfriend, Sexton said. The two went up to Williams' room, where he allegedly beat and then sexually assaulted the woman, Sexton said.

"Various witnesses staying in the hotel heard loud screaming coming from [Williams'] hotel room," Sexton said in court. "The witnesses heard a female voice screaming, ‘Help me!' numerous times from within [Williams'] hotel room."

A short while later, witnesses heard Williams' door open and a female voice in the hallway continue to yell, "Help me!" Sexton said.

According to a Chicago Police report, a friend of the victim took her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the victim reported the assault. Williams was later arrested at his home in the 4700 block of North Central Avenue, according to the report.

Williams, wearing a crimson fleece top and blue jeans, didn't speak in court. Amber Klinge, his court-appointed public defender, said Williams had been an insurance agent for the last two years; before that, he'd worked as a pro scout for baseball.

On Monday, Ken Williams said he hasn't had any contact with Dedrick Williams for "a couple of years" and wasn't aware of the charges until he was contacted by the Sun-Times.

"I hope the best for all of them," he said. "That's too bad."

Dedrick Williams and his brother, Kenny Williams Jr., were charged in 2003 in North Carolina on one count of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny, according to news reports at the time.

Prosecutors agreed to drop the charges in exchange for 150 hours of community service and a year of unsupervised, trouble-free probation.

Dedrick Williams told the Sun-Times in 2006 he had done scouting work for his father.

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