Sheriff’s deputies say Paul Harold Williams, 60, took a woman to the woods and sexually assaulted her after he offered to drive her home in April.
A Gainesville man was arrested four months after deputies say he sexually assaulted a woman in a wooded area.
Paul Harold Williams, 60, first met a woman April 15 at a mutual friend’s house where Williams had been living, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office warrant affidavit.
The woman told the friend she did not have a ride home, and Williams offered to take her, the warrant said.
Williams stopped at a convenience store on their way to her place, the warrant said, where he bought them each a drink. The woman told deputies she was thirsty and quickly finished the fountain drink.
She said she felt “fuzzy” after drinking it, and did not remember much of what happened afterward, the warrant said.
The woman said she recalled waking up in the woods with Williams on top of her and was in and out of consciousness, the warrant said.
She eventually woke up alone in the woods with her clothes nearby and a nasty taste in her mouth, the warrant said. She could not find her underwear, but walked to a nearby Walmart, the warrant said, where she spent most of the day.
The woman later told the mutual friend that Williams had choked and raped her, the warrant said.
The friend said Williams hadn't returned home the night he left to take the woman home, the warrant said, but the friend approached him about the incident after he returned.
Williams admitted to the friend that he had sex with the woman, the warrant said, telling him, “She played games. She tried to get me for my money, so I took it. I took what I wanted.”
Deputies arrested Williams Monday, charging him with sexual assault.
He also faces charges in unrelated incidents for trespassing, condition release violation and failure to appear.
He was taken to the Alachua County jail, where bail was set at $504,000.