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Flagler Beach Woman and St. Johns Man Face Capital Charges of Raping 2 Girls Younger Than 12

| February 25, 2014

Rhonda Lynn Wilkerson and William C. Dillow.

Rhonda Lynn Wilkerson and William C. Dillow.

Rhonda Lynn Wilkerson, a 49-year-old resident of 2008 South Daytona Avenue in Flagler Beach, and William C. Dillow, a 27-year-old resident of 3710 Pacetti Road in St. Augustine, were booked into the Flagler and St. Johns County jail Tuesday evening on capital charges of raping girls younger than 12.

According to the two individuals’ arrest reports, two girls, possibly more, came forward Monday to inform staff at their school in Flagler County that they had been victims of sexual abuse allegedly carried out by Wilkerson and Dillow. The abuse, the arrest reports state, allegedly took place “multiple times” between August and February.

Authorities, including Flagler School Superintendent Jacob Oliva, are not disclosing the name of the school where the alleged incidents were reported. Oliva said in a brief interview Tuesday evening that the allegations don’t involve any staff or Flagler schools beyond the fact that the children themselves reported the incident to staff, who followed protocol by immediately contacting the Department of Children and Families. (The elementary school zoned for Flagler Beach is Old Kings Elementary.)

The incidents did not take place at the school, but in St. Johns County, which led the warrants to be issued there. A news release by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday incorrectly noted that both suspects were booked at the St. Johns jail. In fact, Dillow was booked there, but Wilkerson, because she is a Flagler Beach resident, was picked up by Flagler sheriff’s authorities and booked at the Flagler jail.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit began an investigation Monday, the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office reported in a release late Tuesday afternoon.

The victims were also interviewed by Child Protection Team members at an undisclosed location on Monday. Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff’s Office Deputies along with SVU Detectives served a search warrant on the Pacetti Rd. property where Dillow was residing, and took him into custody without incident.

The two suspects were booked on no bond pending a first appearance hearing Wednesday morning. Additional charges are pending further investigation.

Formally termed sexual battery on a victim younger than 12, the rape charge, if followed by conviction, carries a maximum penalty of death under Florida law (when the perpetrator is an adult). For now, Dillow faces two such charges. Wilkerson faces one charge. But the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the death penalty was limited to crimes that resulted in the death of one or more victims, and to crimes against the state, making individuals convicted of raping young children eligible at most for life in prison. (The article initially and incorrectly noted that conviction could lead to the death penalty.)

Wilkerson’s only prior involvement with the judicial system in Flagler County, aside from a traffic infraction, is a December petition for child support, which was ordered. Dillow has no record in Flagler County, but he’s a convicted felon following an aggravated assault incident in 2005. His supervised release, or parole, doesn’t end until 2015. He was also charged with four counts of parole violation.

“It’s unfortunate that an incident like this can impact the innocence of our children and that their lives can be violated,” Oliva said. “This is any parent’s nightmare.”

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8 Responses for “Flagler Beach Woman and St. Johns Man Face Capital Charges of Raping 2 Girls Younger Than 12”

  1. Wow! says:

    You cant dig a hole deep enough for people like this!!!

  2. A.S.F. says:

    This sounds extremely strange!

  3. Correction says:

    Minor factual correction,

    Regardless of what the state statute says, the Supreme Court ruled in Kennedy v. Louisiana that the death penalty can’t be applied for offenses other than murder and high crimes against the state (treason, spying, etc).

    For as disgusting and appalling as child sex crimes are, they recognized an incredibly dangerous slippery slope and ruled accordingly.

  4. m&m says:

    What a couple of sadist, warped pigs these two are.. I hope they dig that hole quickly before the lawyers get them out so they can continue this sick morbid sh-t..

  5. Donna Heiss says:

    This begs more questions than answers. How did these 2 come in contact with these children? What is their association with each other? Where were these crimes committed? How many children were/are involved?

  6. Faith Morris says:

    This is a sad tragedy that happened to these babies. I knew rhonda when she live in ohio and her 2 little girls. She married a sex offender years ago and thats how she had her girls was with a sick demented child molsetor. Clearly there is something wrong with this womans head and I feel that rhonda and the guy both deserve the death penalty. There is no rehabilitating sex offenders I don’t care what anyone says. If they get out of jail they will do it again to more children. Put them on death row!!!!!!!

  7. FlaglerResident says:

    The two victims used to be my best friends until they moved. I used to go to school with them, have conversations with them, even go over to their house. But I never knew this was happening… I hope they’re ok…

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