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Man accused of burning woman with hot water, raping her

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Eric Williams (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Eric Williams (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man is accused of pouring hot water on a woman's face and raping her. A judge called the suspect a danger to the community and refused to lower his bond. 28-year-old Eric Williams will need $100,000 cash to get out of jail.

Williams was arrested Sunday on charges of rape, assault, unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. According to the arrest report, Williams poured hot water on the victim's face causing burns and blisters. The arrest report does not cite the date of the alleged incident. The woman told police Williams was armed with a gun, restrained her hands and feet, and raped her. Police say the woman knows Williams, but they were not in an intimate relationship.

In court Monday morning, a defense attorney asked the judge to reduce Williams' bond, saying he has no record of violence, has been living with his grandparents, and that his mother was there on his behalf.

Assistant County Attorney Cristin Southhard had this to say to the judge in response to the attorney: "That may be the case your honor, but based on the nature of these allegations, they sound rather horrific. The county objects to any kind of bond reduction certainly out of concern for the safety of the alleged victim." 

District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke judge agreed. "Based upon the serious nature of the offense, the court finds that you are a danger to the community. The bond is going to remain at $100,000 full cash," said Pearce Burke.

A not guilty plea was entered for Williams. He is due back in court May 19th, and a public defender will be appointed for him.

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