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Logan County torture victim arrested

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A woman who made national news when she was raped and tortured in a case that sent six Logan County residents to jail has been arrested in Summers County.

Megan Williams, 25, of Hinton, was arrested on Aug. 13 and again on Tuesday, according to records on file in Summers County Magistrate Court. She allegedly made false statements to police and violated a domestic violence petition.

According to the criminal complaints, on Aug. 13, Hinton police served a domestic violence petition on Williams requested by her husband, Robert Lee Brady Jr. at the couple's home in Hinton. Brady then went to a friend's house, the complaint says.

Later, Williams allegedly called 911 and said Brady was repeatedly punching her in the face. However, Brady was still at the friend's house and said he had not been home, according to the complaint.

When officers asked Williams about the 911 call, she allegedly denied making it. However, 911 recordings confirmed the call, and Williams was charged with falsely reporting an emergency incident, according to the complaint.

On Tuesday, Williams was arrested again. Her husband told Hinton police that Williams had thrown a can of soda at him and threatened to break into his house to get her belongings after he refused to drop the domestic violence petition.

Officers allegedly found Williams on the porch of Brady's home stealing a chair, the criminal complaint says. She then allegedly tried to run from deputies.

Williams was charged with violation of a domestic violence protective order, petit larceny, obstructing an officer and fleeing on foot.

In September 2007, Williams was found at a mobile home in Logan County, where she had been beaten, tortured, raped and forced to eat dog and rat feces, according to prosecutors. Seven people eventually pleaded guilty to charges that ranged from kidnapping to sexual assault and violation of the state hate crimes law.

Prosecutors obtained the convictions without putting Williams on the witness stand because Williams, whom her parents said has a learning disability, gave inconsistent statements to investigators and prosecutors.

Williams was in Southern Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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