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SECURITY INSTALLER SENTENCED IN RAPE OF GIRL

Thomas Williams, a home security system installer, today was ordered to serve a 12-year prison term for raping the 10-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend while installing a system in her Buffalo home two years ago.

State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti imposed the term on Williams, 40, of Thompson Street, after denying the jailed suspect's belated demand for a jury trial.

Williams initially claimed prosecutors "coerced" him into accepting a pretrial plea to an attempted rape charge two months ago. However, after the judge's ruling, he pleaded with the judge to impose a lenient sentence so he could begin the "rehabilitation process as quickly as possible."

Rossetti sentenced Williams after Rosanne Eimer Johnson, head of the Sexual Assault Bureau in the Erie County district attorney's office, told the judge that the plea deal spared Williams a federal prosecution for the child pornography found on computer disks at his home.

Eimer Johnson said Williams' arrest last July 26 came after his victim, on a trip to visit an aunt in Florida, belatedly talked about the sex attack, which occurred as Williams was installing a home security system in her Buffalo home in December 2001.

The prosecutor said the victim's aunt quickly called the girl's mother. The mother then called Buffalo police, who launched an investigation.

Eimer Johnson would not disclose the address of the victim and said she is still receiving counseling because of the incident.

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