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Tampa personal trainer arrested in connection with second sexual battery

TAMPA — Authorities have levied additional sexual battery charges against a Tampa personal trainer already accused of sexually assaulting a female client at a gym.

James Elbert Williams III had been missing for the past week, but U.S. marshals tracked him down and arrested him at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark.

Williams was arrested earlier this month, charged in the June 27 assault on a woman who was working out with him at Club Tone, 5038 Linebaugh Ave.

Since then, another female client has come forward with similar allegations, the Sheriff's Office said.

After investigating the claims, deputies issued a warrant for Williams' arrest on two counts of sexual battery.

Deputies are not releasing the women's names because of the nature of the crime.

The client who said she was attacked June 27 said in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times that Williams fondled her as she worked out on a mat. Then he sexually assaulted her through her capri workout pants with his fingers, the woman said.

Williams was arrested July 1 in connection with that incident. The next day he posted $50,500 bail and was released.

Detectives asked anyone else who was a victim to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (814) 247-8200.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

Tampa personal trainer arrested in connection with second sexual battery 07/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:54pm]
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