Quad City doctor in custody two years after arrest

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Dr. Norman Williams is facing a minimum of 16 years in prison for molesting patients and was deemed a 'possible flight risk" Wednesday, prompting a judge to order the physician into the Rock Island County Jail.

The judge said Williams has no ties keeping him in the Quad Cities. He's been living in Florida since his arrest in 2012.

"He was born in Jamaica, he went to school in Europe, he practiced in Canada, until he came here to practice a couple years", said Judge Frank Fuhr.

"So I am going to remand him to the custody of the Rock Island County Jail", the judge said.

Williams was convicted in September of molesting 4 female patients in his former office in Moline. They testified  the gastroenterologist  sexually abused them during exams.

During what was supposed to be the doctor's sentencing hearing on Wednesday, a new attorney , Nate Nieman, entered his appearance and asked for a continuance so he could become familiar with the case.

He also said he will pursue a motion for a new trial.

The judge okayed the delay, but ordered Williams into custody. Until today, he had not been behind bars since his arrest more than two years ago.

The new sentencing date was set for December 16th.


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