Blount County District Attorney Pamela L. Casey announced the sentencing of two convicted sex offenders Tuesday morning. Eric Williams, 23, of Cleveland, was sentenced to 15 years in the Alabama Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to Rape 2nd. Chris Abel, 51, of Smoke Rise, was sentenced to 15 years each on three counts of Sex Abuse of a Child under 12.
Williams was immediately taken into custody following his sentencing. His case was set for jury trial on Oct. 4. According to Casey, the State expected to produce evidence that Williams engaged in sexual intercourse with a member of his household who was incapable of consenting. As a result of such an act, the victim became pregnant. Due to her health conditions, she was unable to carry the child to term. DNA testing from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences determined that the fetus was the biological child of Williams. Williams could not be charged with the death of the fetus due to current Alabama law. Williams will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release. Rape 2nd is a Class B felony.
Abel was scheduled for jury trial in September. He surrendered to the Blount County jail on Oct. 1, after entering his guilty plea. Casey indicated that the State would have produced testimony that Abel abused a young girl, who was under the age of 12, over the course of months while she was in his home visiting family. Abel will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release. Sex Abuse of a Child under 12 is a Class B Felony.