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Visalia Serial Rapist Sentenced to Life in Prison



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A Tulare County Superior Court judge handed down a sentence of 480 years to life for serial rapist Tyrone Laveno Williams on Monday.

Williams, 46, was convicted of rape and child molestation against three separate female victims, two of which were younger than 14, the Tulare County District Attorney’s office said in a news release.

“I applaud the courage of the victims and their families for coming forward and making sure justice was served. The pain wrought by a defendant like this is why I created the Crimes against Children Division,” Tulare County DA Tim Ward said.

Booking photo of convicted rapist Tyrone Laveno Williams

Tyrone Laveno Williams 

Williams, a Visalia, transient also was convicted of special allegations for multiple victims, having prior convictions, and being a habitual sex offender.

In the case involving the adult victim, Williams raped her after midnight on Aug. 26, 2019, at a park on Mooney Boulevard in Visalia. The victim subsequently identified Williams and his DNA was on the victim.

The crimes against the first juvenile victim took place from May 2014 to October 2015, according to court records.  The crimes against the second juvenile victim occurred on April 1, 2020.

Williams Previously Served 17 Years for Rape

In 1995 in Monterey County, Williams was convicted of two counts of forcible rape and four counts of forcible rape in concert. The victim was 16. Williams served 17 years in prison before his release and registration as a sex offender.

Deputy DA Kelly Habroun prosecuted the case. Detective Michael Morgantini of the Visalia Police Department investigated the crimes.