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Armed Security Guard Accused Of Raping 15-Year-Old Girl In Florida Movie Theater
Investigators said Augusta Williams, 31, allegedly raped the teen behind the curtains of an empty movie theater during a showing of "The Whale."
An armed security guard in Florida is accused of raping a teen while the victim waited for her mother to pick her up.
Augusta Williams, 31, remains in county jail after police say he allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl Saturday evening, according to police. Authorities say Williams, an armed security guard for Knights Security of Gainesville Public Safety, allegedly forced the unnamed minor behind the curtains of a movie screen at a movie theater in Ocala, where he allegedly proceeded to rape the victim.
Williams, of Madison, Florida, is charged with sexual battery of a victim under 18 years of age while armed.
The victim said that on Saturday at around 10:00 p.m., she and her friends were dropped off at the Regal Hollywood 16 movie theater by her mother, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. After the movie, a friend’s grandfather arrived at the theater to take them home, but the victim refused the ride, claiming she would call her mother to have her pick her up.
“[Victim] attempted to make phone contact with her mother several times, which was met with negative results,” Ocala Police officer K. Kerns wrote in the affidavit. “The security officer, identified as Augusta Williams, informed the grandfather that he would watch over [victim] until she was able to get a ride home.”
Authorities would later say the mother’s phone was not properly working.
Police say the victim and Williams were alone when the suspect allegedly led the teenager to an empty theater during a showing of “The Whale.”
Williams allegedly led the victim behind the curtains near the movie screen, though the victim “thought Williams was leading her to a backdoor exit and assumed that the security guard would drive her home.”
According to the affidavit, Williams allegedly demanded oral sex, which the victim refused. He then allegedly proceeded to force sexual intercourse.
The victim told officers she was “fearful” because her assailant was armed, but she still tried to push him away, according to police. Immediately following the assault, Williams allegedly told the victim not to speak of the incident because he feared losing his job.
“Williams told her that if she said anything, he would punch her in the face,” according to the affidavit, which stated Williams “tapped on his gun” while asking the victim if she understood.
Around this time, the victim’s mother — worried when her daughter failed to come home — drove to the movie theater to look for her daughter. The teen told her mother of the alleged assault the next day and Ocala police were called to investigate.
Investigators contacted theater management and obtained surveillance video, which showed the victim and Williams walking into the empty theater at 10:27 p.m. and leaving for the lobby nine minutes later, according to the affidavit.
An evidence officer also utilized UV lighting where the alleged incident occurred, showing “two areas which exhibited a glow,” indicating “a possible positive response for evidence.”
Williams allegedly told officers he was only helping the victim try and locate her cell phone. However, officers were skeptical because the theater where the alleged attack occurred was not the same theater where she had previously watched a film with her friends earlier in the evening.
Williams added the victim used his phone to try and get ahold of relatives, which the victim confirmed, per the affidavit.
When confronted about the UV light findings, Williams claimed he “did not have sex” with the victim.
“When I inquired as to what exactly happened, Williams continued saying he ‘f***ed up’ and that he did not want to go to jail,” according to officer K. Kerns. “Williams eventually stated [victim] asked him to go behind the curtain, which he did, but did not expand further about what happened behind the curtain.”
Jail records show Williams is at the Marion County jail, where he’s being held on $50,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court on Feb. 21.
"Regarding the incident at our Hollywood – Ocala theatre over the weekend, we are currently working with authorities regarding the investigation. Our primary concern is for the safety of our guests and staff," a Regal Cinema spokesperson said in a statement to Fox 35.
Williams has since been fired by the Knights Security of Gainesville, an employee told the Ocala Star-Banner.
Neither the Regal Cinemas' corporate office nor Knights Security of Gainesville immediately responded to requests by Oxygen.com.