The Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has officially charged a former Mercy Hospital – Lincoln employee with several criminal infractions stemming from an October arrest on sexual abuse charges.
Ryan Williams, 39, of Wentzville, has been charged with three counts of invasion of privacy and one count of sexual abuse after a two-month investigation involving the Troy Police Department, Mercy-Lincoln, the State Technical Assistance Team and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Back in October, County Prosecutor Mike Wood said never in his career had he ever seen a case like this one. First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Erin Lueker agreed with Wood’s assessment.
“I have trained law enforcement on sex offender psychology as part of interviewing them – and I have never had a case like this,” said Lueker, who will be handling the case.
The investigation of Williams began on Oct. 9, when Troy Police detectives met with a female who reported a sexual assault at Mercy-Lincoln six days earlier.
The victim alleged Williams touched her inappropriately when he touched her exposed breast with his hands during a CT scan, which there was no history of actually taking place.
Two days later, the victim contacted her primary care physician to inquire about the CT scan, and was advised by her doctor there was no history of her having a CT scan.
She was also advised Williams had accessed her personal medical records from the hospital’s system.
Further investigation at the time revealed Williams had possessed other photos and scans of potential victims at the time of his arrest. Since then, a total of five victims have come forward, alleging Williams assaulted them.
Three of them are minors, and their cases are listed as part of the invasion of privacy charges against Williams.
Williams was able to post a $200,000 cash-only bond on Nov. 2.
He was also ordered not to have any contact with his alleged victims, and he has to wear a GPS ankle monitor which shows his whereabouts at all times.
Lueker thanked the combined efforts of all the agencies involved the case, and said she plans on bringing Williams to justice for his alleged crimes.
“We are proud of the work of the Troy Police Department and the State Technical Assistance Team,” she said. “I look forward to prosecuting this case.”
Williams might also be facing federal charges as a result of the case. Attempts to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri have been made to inquire about the pending charges against Williams.
(All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in court of law.)