Colonial School Board Member Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Children

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The District C board member of the Colonial School District Board of Education was by New Castle County Police, after an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse, according to authorities.

Officials said Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Family Services Squad have conducted an extensive investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by 41-year-old Ronnie Williams.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Ronnie Williams was suspected of sexually assaulting at least 3 juvenile victims, according to a statement released Saturday.

Ronnie Williams was taken into custody yesterday, Friday, September 27, 2019, and charged with one count of felony Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Person of Trust, two counts of felony Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Person of Trust in the 2nd Degree, four counts of felony Rape Without Consent in the 2nd Degree, three counts of felony Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, four counts of felony Unlawful Sexual Contact with a Person less than 13 Years, and five counts of felony Unlawful Sexual Contact in the 2nd Degree with a Person Less Than 18 Years.

In a statement, Colonial School District administrators said they learned of Williams arrest on Saturday.

“A member of the Board of Education, has been arrested by New Castle County Police and faces multiple charges related to the sexual abuse of at least three juveniles…It has not been ascertained if the three victims attend Colonial Schools, but on Monday counselors will be on hand to talk to any students who wish to discuss this case.”

“This information is very unsettling and we are all saddened for the alleged victims,” said Superintendent, Dr. Dusty Blakey. The Colonial School District is cooperating fully with police.

The statement continued, “Williams is presumed innocent until proven guilty, so the district must allow the police investigation and judicial process to run its course while Williams retains the ability to remain on the board. The Colonial School District also does not have the authority or responsibility under the law to interfere with publicly elected individuals.”

“As always, we will do all that we legally can to protect the safety of our students, and to ensure that they receive the best education possible,” said Board of Education President, Ted Laws.

Williams was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held at Howard Young Correctional Facility $385,000 cash bail, and $80,000 secured bail.

Authorities said based on this investigation, detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward. Detectives are asking anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation to contact Det. Smith at (302) 395-8126 or via email at Joshuah.Smith@newcastlede.gov.

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