POWELL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) A little more than a year after being sentenced for sexually abusing two teenage girls, a former Powell County youth minister is accused of violating his probation. Steve Williams was back in a courtroom Thursday for a probation revocation hearing.
In court, his sex abuse treatment counselor detailed the ways she claims Williams violated his contract with the court-appointed treatment facility, as well as his probation. She said that in December, emails were intercepted by Williams' probation officer indicating that he was seeking unapproved treatment as well as communicating with a convicted felon, which is a violation of his probation.
"From a treatment perspective, when we put these things together, what we're seeing is a cycle of abuse," said Candace Rogers, a counselor with the sex offender treatment program.
In addition, she said that emails showing his plans to create a new ministry demonstrates risky behavior because it puts him in a leadership role among vulnerable people.
"Mr. Williams does not need less treatment, he needs more treatment," said Rogers.
Williams was sentenced in November of 2016. He was convicted of sexually assaulting two girls on a whitewater rafting trip in 2015.
His attorney claims that there is no real evidence to prove his client had violated anything, but both sides eventually agreed that Williams should enter into home incarceration and continue to receive treatment.
The judge will have the final say on March 21.