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DECATUR — Anthony K. Williams was sentenced to 24 months' probation Wednesday after he appeared in court and pleaded guilty to grabbing the buttocks of a woman as she was waiting in the checkout line of a Hickory Point Mall store.

Williams, 23, admitted to one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, in a Macon County Circuit Court hearing before Judge Thomas Griffith.

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened on the afternoon of Nov. 9 as the 31-year-old customer was waiting to check out of the ROSS store.

Writing in the affidavit, deputy Dustin Brown said the woman told him Williams had walked into the store, strode up behind her and grabbed her. The incident was witnessed by the 20-year-old cashier, who told Brown: “(She) stated Anthony then grabbed (the victim’s) buttocks and began saying obscene comments towards her.”

Brown said police had obtained store surveillance video that showed the incident unfolding as the victim and cashier had described. A clear facial image was pulled from the film, and police used the picture to trace Williams.

In addition to the probation term, Williams was ordered to pay court costs and a statutory fee of $250 to have a sample of his DNA indexed in the Illinois State Police database. The court also recommended Williams, who has been free on $2,500 bail, to undergo a substance abuse and mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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