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Sex offender accused in 2011 rape facing new charges in another rape this year

Curtis Clinton Williams (Multnomah County Jail photo)

A sex offender who was already behind bars for raping and sexually assaulting a woman in 2011 is now facing new charges in a separate rape that was reported in May 2017.

Curtis Clinton Williams, 63, was convicted of rape in 1986. He was arrested in early June 2017 for raping a woman KATU News is calling "Michelle" in September 2011.

It took police several years to test the victim's rape kit, which matched Williams' DNA and ultimately led to his arrest. He was charged with rape, sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration and sex abuse -- and failing to register as a sex offender.

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Friday, Portland Police announced Williams was indicted by a grand jury on rape, sodomy, sex abuse and coercion charges in connection with a May 18, 2017 assault on a 24-year-old woman.

Police say Williams approached the 24-year-old homeless woman in downtown Portland and offered her a motel room for the night, which the woman accepted. Williams took the woman to a motel in Southeast Portland where he allegedly sexually assaulted her and kept her in the room against her will for several hours.

Eventually, she was able to escape.

The rape kit from 2011 remained untested for years, and was eventually tested as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative that was awarded to Portland Police in 2015. It was among more than 1,700 others which were sent for testing last spring.


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