WASHINGTON — A former Washington state lawyer says she’s receiving death threats because of the arrest of her ex husband, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual abuse and attempted murder of his former wife.
In an open letter published on the website of the Oregonian newspaper, Julie Baca said she was “very upset and frustrated” that Willliams attorney, Charles D. Williams, has been arrested on federal charges of sexual abuse.
Williams has been in custody since April 15, when he was arrested for trying to use a bomb to kill a state police officer in Washington state.
In the letter, Baca also criticized Williams for the way he has handled his legal defense, noting he has “failed to show that he will be able to defend himself adequately.”
“The way that he has treated me, the way that I have responded to him, has not been appropriate and has put me in a very difficult situation,” Baca wrote.
“This has been my family’s nightmare.
We have had to endure constant attacks from Williams’ lawyers and other supporters.”
Williams, 58, who has been a practicing attorney in Oregon since 2000, has represented victims of sexual violence in civil court, criminal courts and juvenile court.
The allegations include that Williams raped his then-wife, who he married in 2007, and sexually abused him while she was under age 15.
Williams was sentenced in August to 15 to 25 years in federal prison.