Girl, 17, attacked in theater restroom

March 22, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 17-year-old girl alleged she fought off a man who was sexually attacking her Monday in a bathroom at Hoyts Cinemas, according to police.

The Martinsburg Police Department charged Jason Paul Williams, 22, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., with first-degree sexual abuse. Bond was set at $10,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 29. Williams has asked the court to appoint an attorney to represent him.

A written account of the incident filed by Officer Terry Shetley in Berkeley County Magistrate Court alleges a man entered a women's bathroom, forced open a stall and pushed the teenager against a wall.

Court documents allege he pushed himself against her while moving his pelvis and making lewd comments. He grabbed her breasts and buttocks as she protested and tried to fight him off, the account alleges.


The girl escaped from the bathroom and ran to tell her boyfriend what had happened, police said. The girl and her boyfriend called police from a snack bar.

When Shetley arrived, he and the general manager of the cinemas watched a videotape that showed a man entering and exiting the same women's room twice before the attack, police said.

Further along on the tape, the man entered one of the screening rooms but didn't come out, police said.

Officers went in and found Williams there, police said.

The girl told police she went to the theater, which is on Foxcroft Avenue, to see "American Beauty" with her boyfriend.

As she walked toward a women's bathroom, a man said hello and she said hello back, according to Shetley's account.

While she was in a stall, the girl reported, she heard someone walk in and set something on the sink. When she heard heavy breathing, the girl became concerned, so she stood up to see who it was, the report said.

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