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Convicted sex offender arraigned in Nov. 10 rape on Beacon Hill

A Suffolk prosecutor said Wednesday that a Level 3 sex offender and convicted rapist raped a woman in her Beacon Hill home, tied her to a kitchen cabinet, and threatened to kill her if she did not provide him with valuables and the PIN for her bank card.

Anthony G. Williams was ­arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, where a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf on charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping, armed burglary, ­assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and armed ­assault in a dwelling stemming from the Nov. 10 attack that led Boston police to step up patrols in a neighborhood unaccustomed to violence.

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Judge Mark Hart Summerville adopted the recommendation of Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Holly Broadbent and set bail at $1 million cash for the 45-year-old Williams.

Williams was arrested at his mother’s Boston home Tuesday, but is known to live in homeless shelters.

Summerville also revoked Williams’s bail in a September case, in which he was charged with assault and battery on his former girlfriend.

At the request of his attorney, Erin R. Opperman, and with the backing of the prosecution, Williams did not come into the courtroom Wednesday because eyewitness identification will be a key issue in the case.

Opperman asked for $50,000 cash bail and said that Williams’s sister and his niece were in court to support him. When Summerville set bail at $1 million cash, one of the women broke down in tears. ­After the arraignment, the older of the women expressed support in a brief comment. “He’s innocent,’’ said the woman, who declined to identify herself.

Earlier Wednesday, Williams was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on a charge of receiv­ing stolen property. Prosecutors said he had the rape victim’s belongings.

Broadbent described how the alleged attack unfolded.

The prosecutor said the 28-year-old victim was returning to her Beacon Hill home shortly before 3 a.m., after spending an evening with friends, when ­Williams came up behind her and forced her inside her apartment.

Once inside, Williams repeat­edly ordered the woman not to look at his face, and he shut off the lights, Broadbent said.

“The defendant repeatedly threatened to kill the victim if she did not provide valuables inside the apartment,” Broadbent said, adding that Williams allegedly armed himself with a knife from the woman’s kitchen and held it to her throat.

Williams proceeded to take jewelry, an iPhone, and an iPad, Broadbent said.

At that point, Williams raped the woman, Broadbent said.

She said Williams then forced the woman into the kitchen, where he tied her to some furniture and once again threatened to kill her as he ­demanded the personal identity number for her bank ATM card. Broadbent said that the woman provided Williams with the number and that he then left the home.

The woman eventually freed herself and knocked on a neighbor’s door for help.

The prosecutor alleged that Williams went to a nearby ATM that morning and used the woman’s card to withdraw cash, an action that was captured by bank surveillance cameras and was released by Boston police as they tried to identify the attacker. He used the same card at an ATM in Dorchester, Broadbent said.

Broadbent said that a shelter worker where Williams sometimes lived recognized Williams from the surveillance images and contacted police.

According to Broadbent, the Sex Offender Registry Board, and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office, ­Williams’s criminal record dates back to the 1980s and ­includes a conviction for raping a woman in Salem in March 1996.

Williams was sentenced to 12 to 14 years in state prison and was released from the Massachusetts Treatment Center for sex offenders in Bridgewater in October 2009 after serving his sentence, officials said.

Sometime after his 2009 ­release from prison, Williams was classified by the Sex ­Offender Registry Board as a Level 3 offender, which the board describes as a person who poses a high risk to re­offend.

Under state law, Williams was required to regularly ­inform police and the board of his address and workplace. However, Williams failed to register as required and was ­arrested and arraigned July 31. He was released on personal ­recognizance.

Williams was arraigned at Boston Municipal Court on Sept. 4 for assault and battery, at which time prosecutors asked that his bail on the July case be revoked and that a $200 bail be imposed. Judge Eleanor C. Sinnott declined to grant ­either request and released him on his own recognizance, said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

Conti can be reached at kconti@globe.com; Ellement at
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