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Ken Williams` former stepson acquitted of sexual assault

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A judge has found the former stepson of White Sox executive Ken Williams not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman inside a room at the Palmer House hotel earlier this year.

Dedrick Williams, 30, was charged with criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and misdemeanor domestic battery, but Judge Nicholas Ford found him not guilty on Monday following a bench trial, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Stephen Campbell.

According to prosecutors, the former stepson of the executive vice president of the White Sox was at the Palmer House, attending "an event" with his ex-girlfriend, the victim.

At some point, Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Sexton said at Williams' bond hearing, the two had been drinking when Williams became "verbally aggressive" with his ex-girlfriend.

They later went up to his room, where he beat and sexually assaulted her, leaving her with a black eye and "extensive bruising," Sexton said.

Witnesses heard the woman scream, "Help me!" numerous times from within the room, and she later opened the door and continued to yell for help, according to Sexton.

A friend of the victim later took her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she reported the assault, according to prosecutors.

Williams, a former pro baseball scout and most recently an insurance agent, was arrested at his home in the 4700 block of North Central Avenue, and later ordered held on a $150,0000 bond.

After the bond hearing, Ken Williams told the Sun-Times he hadn't had any contact with Dedrick Williams for "a couple of years" and wasn't aware of the charges.

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