Washtenaw deputy sheriff suspended amid sexual assault, domestic violence charges

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has suspended without pay a deputy sheriff facing sexual assault and domestic violence charges in an alleged 2016 incident pre-dating his law enforcement career.

The department was "just finding out about the allegations," and when it did, it suspended D'Angelo McWilliams immediately, said Derrick Jackson, community engagement director for the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday.

Washtenaw County Deputy Sheriff D’Angelo Williams, center.

"We're taking the allegations very seriously," Jackson said.

A May 2019 Facebook post on the Sheriff's Office, announcing McWilliams' hire, noted that he won the men's fitness award at police academy. The alleged incident took place roughly 2½ years earlier. 

Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie charged McWilliams with three felonies: two counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault, both allegedly involving accomplices, and one count of third-degree criminal sexual assault, involving coercion. He also faces a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. 

McWilliams was arraigned Wednesday in Washtenaw County's 14-A1 District Court.

Washtenaw County’s chief assistant prosecutor, Steven Hiller, said bond was set at $50,000. 

“McWilliams can post $5,000 and if he violates the bond he will owe the court an additional $45,000,” Hiller said in an email.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, the complaint said the offenses took place between October 1, 2016, and January 19, 2018, at 722 Lowell Street in Ypsilanti.

The property address is the fraternity house of Delta Tau Delta. The fraternity’s current president, Devin Hammond, said he is aware that at one point McWilliams resided at the house.

“I moved in 2019, I currently still live here. He had since moved out and moved into an apartment as far as I’m aware." 

Hammond was not able to give any details about the incident.

Reached Wednesday night, representatives for Delta Tau Delta said the group "is aware a former member of the chapter at Eastern Michigan University has been charged with several criminal offenses. As this is an open matter before the court, Delta Tau Delta and the Theta Xi Chapter will refrain from any comment until the conclusion of legal proceedings."

McWilliams was enrolled at EMU from fall 2015 through fall 2018, school officials said.

In a statement Wednesday, Walter Kraft, the university's vice president of communications, said: "We learned of this investigation today. We are deeply concerned about any report of criminal sexual conduct involving our students.

"We will stand by and support any survivors of sexual assault. As these cases have just come to light, the University is taking immediate steps to look into the allegations. Incidents such as those described must be investigated further."

The prosecutor and the Ypsilanti Police Department ask anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault or “anyone who believes they may been a victim of defendant in this case, or has information” pertaining to these crimes to contact detective Jessica Lowry at (734) 368-8784 or jwelker@cityofypsilanty.com or detective Annette Coppock at acoppock@cityofypsilanti.com. 

Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed