HOUSTON – The 28-year-old man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a Harris County Sherriff’s sergeant was described as a “danger to society” during his first court appearance Wednesday.
Jeremiah Williams appeared before a judge after officials said he left a sergeant unconscious after an attack on Monday. He has since been charged with two counts of sexual assault.
During the court appearance, prosecutors said Williams is a danger to society and to all people in jail.
The judge set his bond at $3.5 million, $1 million for each of the new aggravated sexual assault charges. The judge also raised his existing bonds on two other charges for which he was originally held.
The prosecutor said the high bond amount sends a message.
“He’s dangerous. We don’t want him in society. He’s a danger to people in the jail,” prosecutor Jamie Burrow said.
According to records, Williams was charged with aggravated sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and evading arrest in 2020. His bond amounts were set at $75,000, $60,000 and $10,000 respectively.
Records show Williams had more than half a dozen charges for theft in 2018 and 2019, with some being dismissed as “errors” and others listed as convictions with state jail times ranging from 49 days to one year.
Also, in 2018, Williams was sentenced to serve four days in jail for evading arrest and indecent exposure. The same year, he was charged with possession of marijuana and trespassing - both of which were dismissed.
He also spent 51 days in jail for theft in 2017; 10 days in jail for theft in 2016 and two days in jail for trespassing in 2015.