Saranac Lake man charged with child sex crimes
SARANAC LAKE — New York State Police have charged Shane S. Williams, 48, of Saranac Lake, with multiple sex crimes, including rape and a criminal sex act with an victim under 17 years of age.
Williams was charged at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday for alleged crimes in Lake Placid, which were reported on Wednesday, and for alleged crimes in Wilmington, which were reported on Thursday.
He was charged with third-degree rape and third degree criminal sexual act, both felonies, as well as acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 years of age, a misdemeanor.
Third-degree rape in the subsection Williams was charged with is defined by state law as someone “being 21 years old or more (when) he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 17 years old.” According to state law, a person is considered incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse when they are under 17 years old, “thus the law deems sexual intercourse with such a person to be without that person’s consent.”
Third degree criminal sexual act in the subsection Williams was charged with is defined by state law as “being 21 years old or more, he or she engages in oral or anal sexual conduct with a person less than 17 years old.”
Williams was also charged with separate counts of third-degree rape and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 years of age for alleged crimes in Wilmington, which were reported on Thursday.
Williams was incarcerated at Franklin County Jail as of 2 p.m. on Friday. Franklin County Jail officials said there was no listed release date for Williams. If he is released from jail, people can be notified of his change in arrest status by using the website VINELink, a free resource for the victims of crimes to access information about registered sex offenders.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Williams was previously convicted of forcible touching for inappropriately touching young girls at Mirror Lake Beach in 2008. He had previously been added to the sex offender registry, according to a Press-Republican story at the time.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Williams had a lawyer as of press time Friday.