Judge imposes 30-year sentence on man who raped hospice patient

Calvin Dean Williams
Calvin Dean Williams

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A 56-year-old man convicted of raping an 86-year-old woman at a hospice facility in Mount Pleasant was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday.

Calvin Dean Williams was sentenced after being found guilty, but mentally ill, on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

"We certainly asked for the max, but the reality is in this situation 30 years is probably is a life sentence for this defendant," solicitor Scarlett Wilson said.

Williams, a homeless man, was ruled competent to stand trial after a judge heard from two psychiatrists who evaluated the defendant.  Williams had waived his right to a jury trial.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department says Williams walked into the Hospice Center of Charleston in Mount Pleasant on the morning of Feb. 21, 2011 and sexually assaulted an 86-year-old woman.

"In one statement he gave he said he peered in one of the windows where he could see the victim in her bed, knew that she was ill, found an entrance in, made his way in, and sexually assaulted her," solicitor Scarlett Wilson said.

According to investigators, the victim was staying in a room right across the unlocked door to which Williams entered the building. Police say Williams, who authorities say is a homeless man, went into the victim's room and raped her.

The family of the now-deceased victim filed a lawsuit the following month alleging that Gentiva Health Services failed to "provided reasonable and necessary security and protection" at the hospice center.

Williams has a long criminal history according to the State Law Enforcement Division. In 1982, he was arrested on charges of committing a lewd and lascivious act. In 1987, he was arrested for buggery.

Williams has also been charged with trespassing, criminal domestic violence, petty larceny, trespassing, possession of cocaine and meth and public disorderly conduct.

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