19-year-old man pleads not guilty to raping 15-year-old girl at knifepoint in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM — A 19-year-old Framingham man was arraigned today in district court on charges that he kidnapped and raped a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint in the woods near her home last week.

Nathan P. Williams allegedly paced the area of Gorman Road in Framingham on April 3 until a schoolbus pulled up and the girl got off. Brandishing a knife, he forced the girl into a wooded, swampy area and raped her, prosecutor Katelyn Draper said today in Framingham District Court.

Williams covered his face with a gray T-shirt and ducked out of sight below the rail of the prisoner’s dock during the hearing. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf to charges of aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping. He was ordered held without bail.

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Williams was already facing an assault and battery charge for an alleged fight with his brother in October, and faced sexual assault charges as a juvenile , Draper said.

The girl, who was getting off a bus from Keefe Regional Technical School, did not know Williams, Draper said.

“He indicated to her to come here, he wanted her to come with him,” Draper said. “He walked into what was considered to be a thickly dense area. He directed her to a secluded spot ... [He] proceeded to sexually assault the child in a number of different ways.”

Investigators found “biological matter” on evidence they collected. The material matched Williams’s DNA, Draper said.

A search of his last known address turned up clothing that matched the description given both by the girl and other witnesses of what Williams was allegedly wearing at the time of the attack, Draper said.

Williams’s lawyer, John L. Daly Jr., said his client maintains he is innocent. There could be an issue with misidentification, he said.

Williams has attended some college, he said. Daly said he was not sure if Williams had a job.

Daly declined to comment on the juvenile sexual assault charge.

Williams is due back in court Friday for a dangerousness hearing. Daly said he would argue that Williams is not a danger.

“One would think that one would not be a danger because one didn’t do it,” Daly said.

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