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Clearwater amateur boxer charged with raping woman at gym. It’s his second rape charge.

A woman met him at the gym, where she was choked, punched and raped, Clearwater police said in arrest reports.
William Walden, 34, of Clearwater is now charged in connection with two rapes in Clearwater, one in September 2019 and one from late January of this year.
William Walden, 34, of Clearwater is now charged in connection with two rapes in Clearwater, one in September 2019 and one from late January of this year. [ Clearwater Police Department ]
Published Jan. 31, 2020

A Clearwater amateur boxer who is already facing a rape charge in connection with an incident last year has been charged with another rape -- one that occurred inside a gym, arrest reports state.

William Walden, 34, was initially arrested on Monday in connection with a rape that occurred on Sept. 10 in the 700 block of N Saturn Avenue in Clearwater.

On Thursday, detectives lodged a second rape charge against him -- this for an incident that occurred Sunday, just a day before his arrest in the first case -- at a gym in the 1700 block of N. Hercules Avenue, arrest reports state.

The reports state that a victim came to the gym for a pre-arranged meeting. Walden choked her until she lost consciousness, hit her in the head multiple times and knocked out one of her teeth. He dragged her to a secluded part of the gym and raped her, reports state.

He threatened the woman with future violence after the incident was over. The woman later underwent a victim exam that found physical evidence and injuries, reports state.

In a news release about Walden’s first arrest that Clearwater police put out earlier this week about Walden’s first arrest, investigators indicated they believed there may be other victims.

In the case from last year, police said Walden met the victim in the 1300 block of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and drove her to a parking lot off N Saturn Ave., police said. Then he dragged her from the vehicle, beat her and sexually assaulted her, according to police.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Walden was identified as the attacker through DNA, police said.

Walden has a lengthy criminal record that includes charges involving drugs, domestic battery and driving incidents.

He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Friday without bail.

Anyone with information about Walden or other potential victims was asked to call detectives at (727) 562-4242.