Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Woman who lied about rape charged with prostitution

Comment: In the story below, the woman's purported "rapist" is still at large and might be charged with robbery and other matters. I would bet he'll get a much stiffer sentence than the slap on the wrist the rape accuser received.

In a small cul-de-sac of new homes valued at more than $400,000, a woman who first cried rape committed at least one act of prostitution. That is what Toni Marie Williams confessed to in Milford District Court on Tuesday morning. Williams, 36, pleaded guilty to a variety of other charges, but none that was quite so out of place for this still-small, still-quiet, semirural community. On Tuesday, after reports of Williams' plea spread through the community, some Brookline residents had harsh things to say.

"I feel that she should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Hank Ward, who was at the Brookline Village Store. "I don't care if she pleaded guilty or not. You play with fire, you're going to get burned." Williams, of 1 Kemp Drive, first came to the notice of Brookline police in April when she told them she'd been raped in her home and robbed. But a week later, she was arrested and charged with prostitution and making a false report to police. She was also charged with running an unlicensed massage establishment.Apparently things went wrong for Williams when a man identified by police as Anthony G. Brown, 30, of Manchester, came to her home for a massage that, police said, "turned into consensual sexual activity."

Brown could be charged with robbery and prostitution but he is still at large. Police believe he also might have attacked Williams after the two had sex. Word spread quickly Tuesday, and many people shared their opinions. "My response is, I'm shocked," said a woman outside of Town Hall, who didn't give her name. Richard Okindo, also at the Village Store, described Brookline as "a quiet country town."

"We don't need (this). This is not Hollywood," he said.And Skip Dutton, who said he hadn't heard much about the case, said, "You don't know what's going on today." In Milford District Court on Tuesday, Williams pleaded guilty to charges that she asked Brown to have sex with her in exchange for $150 and that she had been practicing massage therapy without a license. For all the convictions she was given $2,700 in fines, but $1,500 was suspended, and Judge Martha Crocker ordered her to pay $1,200. Practicing massage therapy without a license carries a $500 fine.