Coolidge man found guilty of 2 sexual assaults

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Dakota Williams By Jennifer Thomas Dakota Williams By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- A 23-year-old Coolidge man faces decades behind bars after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting two people within a one-month span.

On Thursday afternoon, a Pinal County jury returned guilty verdicts on seven out of eight charges against Dakota Williams.

Williams was found guilty on four counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual abuse, one count of unlawful imprisonment and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors said that Williams sexually assaulted a Coolidge man on Jan. 27 and a woman needing a ride from Casa Grande to Phoenix on Feb. 17. In both instances, he picked them up, drove to a remote location, sexually assaulted them and left them.

During the first assault, prosecutors said he threatened the victim with a knife.

Jim Knupp, spokesman for the Pinal County Attorney's Office, said prosecutors believe Williams targeted the male victim due to his being a transvestite and the female victim due to her limited knowledge of English and the fact that she was searching for someone to give her a ride from a Casa Grande domestic violence shelter back to Phoenix so she could report for work the next day.

"Although Williams claimed both incidents were consensual, driving to the middle of nowhere, wielding a knife, and demanding sex falls drastically short of any measure of consent," Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said.

Williams will be sentenced on Dec. 16 and faces up to 34 years behind bars.