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Man to be arraigned in Beacon Hill attack

Was convicted of rape in 1998

A convicted rapist was ­arrested Tuesday and charged with the sexual assault of a ­Beacon Hill resident earlier this month, prosecutors said.

Anthony Williams, 45, was charged with aggravated rape, kidnapping, and other related offenses in connection with the Nov. 10 assault, in which he ­allegedly brandished a weapon before sexually assaulting a woman in her apartment in the middle of the night.

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At the time of his arrest, ­Williams had several pending cases in Boston Municipal Court involving assault and battery and failure to register as a sex offender, said the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Williams was convicted of rape in 1998, the office said.

On Nov. 10, a female victim told police that an unknown man forced his way into her Beacon Hill apartment around 3:15 a.m.

The victim said that the man brandished a weapon, probably a knife, then robbed and sexually assaulted her, police said.

In response to the attack, the Beacon Hill Civic Association met with Boston police and discussed safety and self-defense, said Marylee Halpin, the association’s executive ­director.

“We hope that this arrest will not only resolve the issue that occurred, but will be a ­deterrent to future crime in the neighborhood,” Halpin said.

“We regret that this ever happened and obviously want the best for the victim,” she said.

Williams is expected to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Boston Municipal Court.

Globe correspondent Sarah N.
Mattero contributed to this ­
report. Derek J. Anderson can
be reached at derek.anderson@
globe.com
.
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