Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pulaski County judge allows rape suspect's interview at trial; woman accused of sex with boy, 13

A Pulaski County circuit judge on Monday rejected defense arguments that a 31-year-old female sex offender didn't know what she was doing when she admitted to police she had sex with a 13-year-old boy.

Tameka Kay Williams of North Little Rock is charged with rape, which carries a potential life sentence.

Williams told North Little Rock detective Julie Eckert that she had sex once with the boy after he had pursued and seduced her, according to the recording of the 27-minute police interview played in court for the judge.

On the recording, Williams said the boy looked young, but he wouldn't tell her how old he was. Williams said she would not have had sex with him if she'd known his age.

"I laid up with him one time," Williams, a mother of four, told Eckert on the recording. "He said, 'I'm old enough to show you what's going on.' He said, 'I know you're a grown woman and you want grown man things.'"

Judge Herb Wright found no wrongdoing by police in how Williams was questioned. His ruling will allow deputy prosecutor Michelle Quiller to use the interview at Williams' trial next month.

Quiller urged the judge to reject arguments that Williams didn't understand what she was doing when she submitted to the police interview.

Quiller pointed out that state doctors who examined Williams when the judge had questions about her mental state diagnosed her as malingering in June, meaning she was either faking or exaggerating symptoms of mental disease.

The defendant has been prosecuted before on similar grounds, Quiller said. She was able to give a detailed interview about what occurred between her and the 13-year-old boy, answer the detective's questions appropriately, and said she understood that having sex with a child is wrong, the prosecutor said.

Williams is on probation for a 2005 conviction for fourth-degree sexual assault involving a 14-year-old boy in April 2004, when she was 21.


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