Ryan Williams, candidate for State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, has voiced his support for a bill introduced by Florida Senator Linda Stewart that, if passed, would allow for the prosecution of sexual battery cases involving children to be commenced at any time. The bill, S.B. 170, introduced by Senator Stewart and co-introduced by Florida Senators Keith Perry and Gayle Harrell, would allow for the prosecution of child sexual battery cases at any time, beginning July of 2020.
“I spent much of my formative prosecuting years pursuing child sexual abuse cases and I can tell you they are some of the most heartbreaking and devastating cases you will find. The worst are when the victim is finally able to come to terms with what happened to them and finds the courage to seek justice, only to discover that too much time has passed and charges cannot be brought against the abuser.” Williams continued, “It is my hope that if this bill goes through, it will help to not only bring justice to the abuser, but closure for the victims.”
Ryan Williams has received the early endorsement of the Central Florida Fraternal Order of Police and the recent endorsement of State Attorneys Phil Archer and Brad King. In March, Ryan Williams also became the first prosecutor to be awarded the Orange County Bar Association’s Lawrence G. Mathews Jr. Young Lawyers Professionalism Award. The recipients of the Lawrence G. Mathews Jr. Award are nominated by their peers for conduct and careers that stand as a model of success, built on unquestioned professionalism.
Born and raised in Central Florida, Mr. Williams graduated from Rollins College and the North Carolina School of Law, where he served as editor on the North Carolina Law Review and graduated with Honors.
Ryan Williams has been a prosecutor for 12 years, progressing through county court and a felony rotation in just over two years. He then spent more than two years prosecuting in the Sex Crimes Unit, trying more than thirty cases that included child sex abuse, aggravated child abuse and manslaughter, and multiple sexual batteries. Mr. Williams served as the Intake Bureau Chief and then a Major Crimes prosecutor, prosecuting homicides and other serious felonies. Mr. Williams took on several cases assigned because of their significance to the community including public shootings, rape, and police corruption. During this time Mr. Williams also acted as co-counsel in the prosecution of notorious Central Florida murderer Bessman Okafor and his co-defendants. Most recently, Williams has served as a prosecuting attorney for the homicide cases removed from the Ninth Circuit.