Commonwealth v. James Curtis Williams Jr.; Attempted Rape at Laundromat Draws Maximum Sentence

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that James Curtis Williams Jr., 44 years old, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Glenn C. Croshaw for Attempted Rape.  Judge Croshaw sentenced Williams to 10 years, which is the maximum punishment for Attempted Rape. This is well over the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines’ recommendation.

Williams was found guilty by Judge Croshaw after a trial on August 24, 2015. The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that at around 3 p.m. on May 11, 2014, James Williams Jr. was reading a book at the Coin Wash laundromat on Great Neck Road in Virginia Beach. He approached a woman who was there doing her laundry and attempted to engage her in conversation.  Williams then exposed himself to the woman.  He grabbed her by the arm and shoulder, forcing her to the floor.  The victim began to scream for help.  Another woman entered the laundromat, and the victim yelled for her to call the police.  The victim escaped to a nearby business, and Williams sat on the curb outside the laundromat until police arrived. 

The attack was captured on video surveillance. In an interview with police, Williams admitted to attempting to have sexual intercourse with the victim. 

Williams has a prior conviction for Attempted Vehicular Manslaughter. 

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas M. Murphy prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.