Hamlet Man Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

William T. McGrath
William T. McGrath

A Hamlet man was arrested early Sunday in an alleged attempted sexual assault incident in LaPorte.

The victim told police that a knock on her door woke her up. She answered the door and saw William T. McGrath, 48, of Hamlet standing there. She told police that she recently met him. McGrath allegedly asked the victim if he would stay at her home as he was too intoxicated to drive home. She allowed him to stay.

Later in the morning, as the victim was preparing to leave the home, McGrath allegedly physically assaulted her and threatened to kill her if she did not have sex with him. The victim was able to escape the residence and notified police of the incident.

An investigation was launched by the LaPorte City Police Department and McGrath was arrested Monday, Sept. 23 on preliminary charges of Attempted Rape as a Class B felony, Sexual Battery as both a Class C and a Class D felony, and Intimidation as a Class D felony.