Colonial School Board member jailed on sexual abuse charges involving juveniles

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Colonial School District administrators confirmed Saturday that Ronnie Williams, 41, a member of its Board of Education, was arrested by New Castle County Police and faces multiple charges related to the sexual abuse of at least three juveniles.

The district’s territory includes the New Castle area.

On Friday, Williams was taken into custody and charged with one count of felony Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Person of Trust, two counts of felony Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Person of Trust in the 2nd Degree, four counts of felony Rape Without Consent in the 2nd Degree, three counts of felonyContinuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, four counts of felony Unlawful Sexual Contact with a Person less than 13 Years, and five counts of felony Unlawful Sexual Contact in the 2nd Degree with a Person Less Than 18 Years.

Williams was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held at Howard Young Correctional Facility $385,000 cash bail, and $80,000 secured bail.

WDEL, citing court documents, reported that Williams allegedly befriended the mothers of boys, provided financialsupport. He would later drug the boys and sexually assault them.

Detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward. Detectives are asking anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation to contact Det. Smith at (302) 395-8126 or via email at Joshuah.Smith@newcastlede.gov.

It has not been determined if the three victims attend Colonial Schools, but on Monday counselors will be on hand to talk to any students who wish to discuss this case.

“This information is very unsettling and we are all saddened for the alleged victims,” said Superintendent, Dusty Blakey. The Colonial School District is cooperating fully with police.

The district stated in a release that “Williams is presumed innocent until proven guilty, so the district must allow the police investigation and judicial process to run its course while Williams retains the ability to remain on the board.”

“As always, we will do all that we legally can to protect the safety of our students, and to ensure that they receive the best education possible,” said Board of Education President, Ted Laws.

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