Trial to start

A Greenville man is facing trial this week on multiple indictments charging him with the sexual assault of a child, the online solicitation of minor children and the possession of child pornography.

A Greenville man is facing trial this week on multiple indictments charging him with the sexual assault of a child, the online solicitation of minor children and the possession of child pornography.

The seven indictments against Russell James Williams were handed down by the Hunt County grand jury Jan. 25. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

A jury trial is scheduled starting Monday in the 196th District Court before Judge Andrew Bench

Williams, 22, of Greenville, received four indictments for sexual assault of a child. Williams was alleged to have sexually assaulted a female victim of less than 17 years of age on four separate occasions in April, 2018. Williams was taken into custody by the Greenville Police Department.

Williams was also indicted on two counts of the online solicitation of a minor and was alleged to have solicited over the Internet two female victims of less than 17 years of age to meet with him on April 1, 2018 to engage in sexual contact.

Williams was also alleged to have been in possession of visual material of one of the children, who at the time was less than 18 years of age, on April 1, 2018.

The sexual assault of a child indictments are second degree felonies, each punishable by a maximum sentence upon conviction of from two to 20 years in prison.

The remaining indictments are all third degree felonies, each punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from two to 10 years in prison.

Williams remained in custody Thursday in the Hunt County Detention Center, where he was being held in lieu of a total of $430,000 bond.

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