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Peoria man charged with attacking, raping fellow student at Northern Illinois University: report

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DEKALB, Ill. (WEEK) -- A Peoria man is charged with raping a fellow student at Northern Illinois University after she sent him a social media message saying she was lonely.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle reports the freshman female student was working on an art project for finals last Saturday in the university's arts building when she sent a Snapchat message to Charles L. Williams, 18, of Peoria, a fellow NIU student. 

Williams then allegedly showed up, bludgeoned the student and raped her. The paper reports NIU police said Williams hit the victim twice in the back of the head with a glass vase, causing it to break. He then allegedly choked her, raped her and threatened to kill her if she reported the incident to police. He also allegedly struck her in the head with a wood block after telling her not to talk to police. 

Williams allegedly confessed to hitting and assaulting the female student, NIU police said. 

“NIU is offering its full support and resources to the courageous survivor. Sexual violence is a horrific crime and oftentimes goes unreported," the university said in a statement provided to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle. 

Bond for Williams was set at $75,000, online court records show. He is next due in court in DeKalb County on June 1. 

Read the press release from Northern Illinois University Police here. 

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