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St. Petersburg gang member raped girl, 14, in vehicle, police say

Police said he also gave the girl $40 and told her the money was meant to buy her silence.
 
St. Petersburg resident Darzaughn Williams was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of sexual battery.
St. Petersburg resident Darzaughn Williams was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of sexual battery. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Nov. 8, 2023|Updated Nov. 11, 2023

A 26-year-old man who St. Petersburg police describe as a gang member has been arrested on a charge that he raped a 14-year-old girl in a vehicle, court records show.

St. Petersburg resident Darzaughn Williams was arrested on Tuesday and booked at the Pinellas County jail, where he was being held on $250,000 bail.

According to an arrest affidavit, Williams forced the girl to remain in a vehicle and “through fear and intimidation” raped her. The incident occurred about 2 a.m. on Sept. 2. The location of the incident was redacted from the report.

The report states that Williams gave the girl $40 after the rape “instructing her the money was to keep her silent and to not tell anyone what occurred.”

The detective who arrested Williams wrote “gang member” on a line in the arrest report that is meant for aggravating or mitigating factors. A gang name was not included.

An assistant public defender has been appointed to represent Williams and has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, records show.