Abuse sentence deferredA Superior man who physically abused a 9-year-old was given a chance to reduce the charge against him.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A Superior man who physically abused a 9-year-old was given a chance to reduce the charge against him.
Maurice Anton Williams, 23, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court last week to one felony count of physical abuse of a child-intentionally cause harm. A second child abuse count was dismissed. A deferred judgment of conviction agreement was entered. If Williams follows the terms of the agreement, which include successfully completing both domestic abuse and anger management programs and maintaining absolute sobriety, by January of 2015, the count would be amended to misdemeanor battery and he would be ordered to serve 10 days in jail.
Williams also pleaded to one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of possession of marijuana stemming from a separate incident. He was sentenced to one year of probation and three days in jail. He was also ordered to undergo both a chemical dependency and domestic evaluation. In addition, a 60-day jail sentence was imposed and stayed. It would be triggered automatically if Williams failed to follow the conditions of his probation.
According to the criminal complaint, Williams slapped a child’s face hard enough to leave marks. When interviewed by members of the Superior Police Department, he said that normal routine discipline at the home included hitting children on the bottom and head. “The defendant stated that he didn’t know if it was child abuse but it was just discipline,” the complaint stated.