Counselor charged with sexual battery, possession of child pornography

Darriel Williams, 42, accused of inappropriately touching teen client

By Kumasi Aaron - Reporter/The Morning Show anchor

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Darriel Williams

A counselor who was employed by Family Support Services, which is contracted the Department of Children and Families is accused of molesting a 17-year-old boy he worked with.

Now, one mother who lives near the accused man, Darriel Williams, 42, said she is glad he's behind bars.

The mother said she wasn't surprised to learn that the man living so close to her had been arrested, charged with not only sexual battery, but possession of child pornography.

Police said Williams worked as a counselor with Family Support Services, which is contracted to do work for the Department of Children families.

In May, one of Williams' 17-year-old clients said he touched him inappropriately while the two were in a car.

Investigators said Williams denied it, showing officers pictures he said the teen sent to his phone.

That 17-year old told officers on May 11, Williams picked him up and they drove to a Walgreens on Dunn Avenue. Once there, the victim told investigators Williams began to come on to him, saying, "I like how you look tonight," and "you know you want me."

From there, the victim told police Williams put his hand on his thigh, unzipped his pants and groped him.

The victim told police he was afraid to make Williams stop because Williams was threatening to hurt him. The victim said Williams then tried to perform a sexual act on him before driving him home.

The victim told police Williams threatened to hurt him if he told anyone about the incident.

When police spoke with Williams, he denied having any sexual contact with the victim, then showed investigators nude pictures on his phone he said the victim sent of himself.

Police arrested Williams, who was working as a counselor to help with foster care and adoption work. The company put him on suspension, then fired him after his arrest.

Before working with Family Support Services, Williams worked at Twin Oaks Academy and also at Gateway Community Services.

Before that, he spent years working in management at the Boys and Girls clubs in Florida and Georgia.

Now, Williams is in jail on a $250,000 bond.

His next court date is set for July 21.

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