An alleged serial rapist from Murrieta who was arrested in connection with a June 29 rape at a Temecula motel pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Melbrough Williams, Jr., 44, is charged with seven counts of rape by force, three counts of robbery, and one count each of kidnap for rape, oral copulation by force, and sexual penetration with a foreign object.
He is also facing sentence-enhancing allegations of sexual offenses against a kidnap victim, sexual offenses with more than one victim, being an habitual offender and committing a felony while armed.
If convicted as charged, Williams reportedly faces multiple life sentences.
He remains behind bars in lieu of $1 million bail.
One of the victims was raped in October 2002 in the Lake Elsinore area after being kidnapped from a location in Orange County; the three other victims were raped in the Temecula area this spring and summer,
To read about his arrest over the weekend and the rape he allegedly committed in a Temecula motel June 29,
The victims in this case were all working as prostitutes at the time of the crimes; Williams reportedly met the three most recent victims online, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's office.
The woman who was allegedly raped in Lake Elsinore was picked up on an Anaheim street by Williams, the DA’s office reported.