Racine man charged with texting rape, death threats
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RACINE - A Racine man is accused of using his cell phone to torment several women, including a police officer. The district attorney says 42-year-old William Crockett threatened to “rape, impregnate, hunt down” and “kill” women.
Crockett made an initial appearance Wednesday by video conference from the Racine County Jail.
He is not allowed to use a phone as a release condition if he posts bail set at $75,000.
Crockett is accused of sending many text messages to multiple women. The victims rarely, if ever, wrote back.
Crockett sent texts to a Racine police officer, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly said he knows she has two white dogs, that he knows where she goes for walks and that he could overpower her.
Another woman told authorities that Crockett texted ‘U home yet?’ and that he knew her first name.
An investigator working the case texted Crockett and he wrote back ‘want me to find u huh.’ Charging documents say Crockett continued to harass the woman by text, even though he knew she was a law enforcement officer.
“The sheriff’s office is following up on how he came in contact with all the victims in this case,” Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete told reporters.
Crockett’s attorney told the court commissioner that there’s no evidence Crockett acted on the threats.
“It does not appear that there was any attempt at physical contact or any attempts at physical violence,” said Carl Johnson, an assistant state public defender.
The Racine County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who believes they received texts from this suspect to call 262-636-3323. Chiapete said at least six additional possible victims came forward on Wednesday.
“I always thought he was being a law-abiding citizen. There’s no criminal background. No speeding tickets or nothing,” said Will Crockett, the suspect’s father. “He had us all fooled. I would ask him, why?”
Crockett lives in an apartment building at 2222 Mount Pleasant Street in Racine, according to court documents.
Sheriff Chris Schmaling and Chiapete plan to hold a press conference on Thursday to announce details of this case.