A Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Deputy is accused of committing rapes while he was a student at Eastern Michigan University.
Deputy D’Angelo McWilliams, 24, of Canton was arraigned on three counts of criminal sexual conduct and one count of domestic violence Wednesday at Washtenaw County’s 14A-1 District Court.
McWilliams denies the allegations, his attorney, Douglas Gutscher, said during the arraignment. He entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf.
The charges stem from incidents involving three Eastern Michigan University students while McWilliams was a student there himself, Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor John Vella said during the arraignment while arguing for a $100,000 cash bond.
The exact dates and location where the incidents are said to have taken place was not immediately clear and Ypsilanti Police Lt. Brent Yuchasz declined to comment.
Vella requested that McWilliams be kept from contact with Dustyn Durbin, a former EMU student who was charged last week with nine counts of criminal sexual conduct for incidents reported at the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house location in Ypsilanti.
Vella also requested McWilliams be limited from contact with a co-defendant in the case. The Free Press is not identifying the individual until an arraignment is confirmed.
Durbin and McWilliams are friends, and there are relationships with involved fraternities, Vella said.
Noting the last alleged incident dates back two and a half years, Magistrate Elisha Fink asked for further explanation of Vella’s belief that McWilliams is currently a danger to the public.
Vella said the women were afraid to come forward.
“These were very brutal, forceful and violent sexual assaults,” he said.
But McWilliams denies the allegations and has been cooperating, Gutscher said, arguing for a personal recognizance bond.
Gutscher said the charges are connected to a relationship with a girlfriend that evidently went bad as well as incidents at a fraternity house, with the first alleged incident occurring when McWilliams was about 20 years old.
He said his client initiated a Title IX investigation, no charges were brought, and he raised the issue during his hiring at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Gutscher said.
McWilliams also didn’t contact an attorney and went to speak with Ypsilanti Police when the current case arose, Gutscher said.
“There’s as much evidence that he didn’t do anything as there is that he did, in fact there’s more because the presumption is that he’s innocent at this stage,” he said.
He argued that the charges could’ve been raised years ago, and his client isn’t running from anything.
Fink gave McWilliams a bond of 10% of $50,000, the court confirmed.
McWilliams enrolled at EMU in fall 2015 and graduated in December 2018, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology and criminal justice with a minor in law enforcement, EMU media relations specialist Morgan Mark said in an email.
McWilliams appears to have been hired by the sheriff’s office within the last year or so.
On May 3, 2019, the sheriff’s department posted on Facebook that McWilliams was their newest employee.
McWilliams is on administrative leave without pay from the sheriff’s office, said sheriff’s office director of community engagement Derrick Jackson. An internal investigation will also be conducted.
Last week, Durbin, 23, of Monroe was charged with nine counts of criminal sexual conduct.
He’s charged with five counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration for reported incidents with seven women between Nov. 1, 2015, and May 12, 2019.
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Durbin was given a bond of 10% of $150,000.
McWilliams faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of domestic violence.
The sexual assault charges, by definition, all involve penetration.
Durbin and McWilliams are both set to appear ag…