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Murrieta Man to Stand Trial for Multiple Rape Allegations

Melbrough Williams Jr., 45, is facing multiple life sentences if convicted on all charges.

A Murrieta man who is accused of committing multiple rapes throughout the area was ordered to stand trial today.

is charged with seven counts of rape by force, four counts of robbery, two counts of oral copulation by force and one count each of kidnap for rape, assault with intent to commit rape, and sexual penetration by a foreign object. Also included are allegations of sexual offense of a kidnapped victim, sexual offenses with more than one victim, and personal use of a firearm.

On Friday, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton ordered Williams to stand trial on the 16 felonies in connection with the alleged rapes of five women and attempted sexual assault of a sixth. The judge’s decision came after listening to two days of testimony at a preliminary hearing, according to Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall.

Williams was ordered to return to court for an information arraignment on Feb. 1 at the Southwest Justice Center in French Valley.

There was also a bail review hearing held Friday at the request of the defense, but Rushton denied their motion to reduce Williams’ bail, Hall said. Williams is currently being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside in lieu of $10 million bail.

If convicted as now charged, Williams faces multiple life sentences, Hall said.

Prosecutors allege one of Williams' victims was raped in October 2002 in the Lake Elsinore area after being kidnapped from a location in Orange County. He allegedly raped three other women in the Temecula area in May, June and July 2012, and another in Ontario in San Bernardino County in January 2012.

A sixth woman was the victim of an alleged attempted sexual assault by Williams in Temecula in July 2012, Hall said.

The victims in this case all were working as prostitutes at the time of the crimes, Hall continued. Williams reportedly met the five most recent victims through an Internet website. Williams reportedly picked up the 2002 victim on a street in Orange County.

Subsequent to an investigation by Temecula police,

The investigation into this case and any other potential victims is ongoing, Hall said.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Sean Crandell of the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit.

Alek J Hidell January 24, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Need a photo to ID this scumbag
John law January 26, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I hope all 6 women were arrested for prostitution
Brenda February 05, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I am going to have to read this again and again here. I am not sure I understand IF there is a crime or not? If he hired them, then brought them out here to do the deed, then left them here and didnt pay them, then yes his intention was rape all along and no fee's paid. I dont know, this is a wierd story and doesnt end thank God like most prostitution rapes with murder so its kinda tough to figure out what he was thinking. Other then just not paying. But John Law, not sure the women could be cited for prostitution. But if they got in the car under the assumption they were and going to get paid, but then he held them at gun or knife point. Seems if he did they could have jumped out of the car at a signal and ran if they thought they were in harm. Just rattling around some thoughts here. 2002 to 2012, and 3 alone in 2012. Wierd, and I didnt know we had any prostitutes in Temecula :/

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