19-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Accused of Raping Underage Girl Passed Out at a Party
FlaglerLive | April 27, 2015
Update: On January 21, 2016, the charge against William Kitts was changed to aggravated child abuse, a third-degree felony, in a plea agreement that entailed a pre-trial intervention.
William Demetrious Kitts, a 19-year-old resident of 34 Pine Ash Lane in Palm Coast, was at the Flagler County jail on $50,000 bond this weekend, facing a charge of raping an underage girl who was partly passed out at a party a Friday night in mid-April.
The girl and a friend of hers were at a large house party at 337 Underwood Trail in Palm Coast on April 17 starting at 6:45 that evening. There, according to the girl, she consumed large quantities of alcohol including beer, mixed drinks and seven to nine shots of vodka. Her friends described her as extremely intoxicated. The girl got sick and passed out in the backyard. Her friends helped her to a bedroom to sleep for the rest of the night. The alleged incidents she then described took place after midnight, in the early hours of Saturday.
The girl’s age is not specified—only that she is older than 12 but younger than 18. She knew Kitts. In her account of what happened next, as reported in Kitts’s charging affidavit, she says she “half woke up” and noticed Kitts, whom she referred to as a friend, in the room, though when she wakes up he turned her back on her. She then noticed her pants—unbuttoned. She buttoned them back up then passed out again.
“The next memory the victim recalls is feeling hands on her shoulders and being penetrated in her vagina,” the affidavit states. The victim says she could not speak and can only describe herself as ‘in and out of consciousness.’ The victim thinks she passed back out and when she woke up the defendant was gone.” Her pants were unbuttoned again. She concluded that Kitts had had sex with her.
She got out of bed, left the room, found the friend she’d come to the party with and looked for Kitts. When she found him, she screamed at him and struck him in the face, according to his arrest report. She left the house at about 8:30 the next morning.
In her account to police, the girl the victim had gone to the party with said she checked on her friend in the bedroom several times, but at one point found the door to the bedroom locked. She banged on the door then managed to get it opened, only to find Kitts with the alleged victim. The friend tried to get Kitts to leave. He wouldn’t, insisting that he needed to sleep: he was under the covers, next to the victim. When her friend pulled the blankets, she saw that they both had clothes on.
The victim’s friend eventually left the room and sat on a couch nearby until, a short time later, her friend approached her and said she thought Kitts “just had sex with me.” When the victim’s friend confronted Kitts, he told her that he hadn’t—that he’d just “fingered her.”
The following day, the victim received several texts from Kitts, and Sunday Kitts sent several texts to the victim’s friend. The messages were included in the arrest report, but redacted. (Self-incriminating statements may be exempt from public record disclosure.) Kitts provided a statement to detectives recalling the events of that night. The details are redacted. But Kitts. according to the arrest report, said he did lower the girl’s pants and have intercourse with her.
Circuit Judge J. David Walsh signed a warrant for Kitts’s arrest. Flagler County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy William Grant, completed the charging affidavit late Friday afternoon. By Monday, Kitts had posted bail on $50,000 bond and was released.