JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) - Nushawn Williams bears one of the most notorious names in Western New York history. Now a decision must be made whether to keep the so-called "HIV predatory" behind bars.
Williams gained notoriety after being accused of infecting women with HIV. Jury selection got underway Wednesday in his civil confinement trial. The courtroom will be closed off to the media for this new trial, because of HIPAA laws.
Williams pleaded guilty in the late 1990s to statutory rape and reckless endangerment. He was accused of infecting a dozen women in the Jamestown area with HIV.
He was supposed to be released from prison three years ago but continues to be held under the state civil confinement law that applies to highly dangerous sex offenders. This latest trial will determine whether or not he stays behind bars.
Williams' defense attorney recently stated that a medical test showed his client does not have HIV.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff called Williams "despicable."
"He's a perpetrator who's committed some extremely serious acts against some very young and innocent people and he shouldn't ever be allowed to do the same thing to anybody else," Sheriff Joseph Gerace stated.
Sheriff Gerace says Williams is being held in the general population at the Chautauqua County Jail. Jury selection should continue on Thursday.
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