Argo up on sex charge

JONATHAN JENKINS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Veteran Argos lineman Bernard Williams was released on bail yesterday after making his first appearance on a charge of sexual assault.

Toronto Police said the victim was sleeping in her home near Rathburn Rd. and Hwy. 427 around 6 a.m. Tuesday when a man came into her bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

She woke and escaped before being treated and released at hospital.

Cops were called later that day and Williams, 34, was arrested yesterday.

A spokesman for the CFL team said Williams' status with the team has not changed since the charge was laid yesterday and he would likely be playing in the team's next scheduled game on Monday against Hamilton.

'NO FURTHER COMMENT'

"We work under the presumption of innocence," Beth Waldman said.

"We will have no further comment on this case until the matter is concluded."

CFL communications director Perry Lefko said the league will wait for the outcome of the investigation before taking any action regarding Williams' status as a player.

The 6-foot-9, 290-pound Williams has been a starter with the Argos since 2003.

One day before the assault allegedly happened, Williams was one of three Argos to appear at a charity golf event in Milton for an organization called Stop the Violence.

He will be back in court on Sept. 29.

-- with files from Dean McNulty


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