Derrick Williams

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FRONT ROYAL — The trial of Middletown man accused of sexually assaulting two girls was rescheduled to next year.

Derrick Williams, 36, of 2824 Reliance Road, is facing charges in Warren County Circuit Court of sexual assault of a child less than 13 years of age, sexual assault of a child older than 13 years old but less than 17 years old and violation of a child less than 15 years old.

The trial for the charge of a sexual assault of a child older than 13 years old but less than 17 years old was to be held Wednesday through Friday of this week but was continued to Feb. 10 and 11.

The trial on the two charges, originally scheduled for Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, were rescheduled to March 21 and March 22.

The trial dates were chosen because they were the first available because the courts are backed up as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Williams’ attorney Justin Daniel.

The two trials involve separate alleged victims and will have separate juries.

Having two trials was allowed after Daniel’s motion to separate the cases was granted by Judge Dennis Hupp. Williams is also represented by attorney Tiffany Welch.

Daniel argued in his motion that the incidents didn’t occur at the same time, nor did either alleged victim witness the other’s alleged assault.

Because each victim isn’t aware of the details of each other’s sexual assault allegations, the testimony of one alleged victim also won’t be allowed in the other’s case after Daniel argued for their exclusion. Doing so could prejudice the jury, Daniel argued in his motions.

Williams is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28 for a pretrial conference for the first trial and to discuss any other motions.

Williams’ attorneys were also granted a motion to receive documents from the Laurel Center, a Winchester-based domestic and sexual violence facility. The motion requesting the documents is sealed from public viewing.

Warren County Commonwealth Attorney John Bell is prosecuting the case.

Williams is released from custody on $7,500 bond. He is to not have any contact with the alleged victims, have any unsupervised contact with minors and not to leave his home except for work, legal appointments or medical emergencies.

Contact Charles Paullin at cpaullin@nvdaily.com