Trusted friend accused of repeatedly raping 11-year-old - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Trusted friend accused of repeatedly raping 11-year-old

William Cage (Source: SCSO) William Cage (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A 20-year-old man is in jail, accused of raping an 11-year-old boy.

The victim’s mother told officers that William Cage, 20, a family friend who lived with the family for a while, raped her son several times over the last year or so.

The victim told his mother he prayed God would forgive him and forgive Cage for doing those things to him.

"I just can't imagine someone living in your home and doing something to your child--right in front of your nose," a neighbor said. "I'm speechless right now."

According to the police report, Cage started “play raping” the victim, but it turned into real rape. The first rape happened on a Wednesday night when Cage was supposed to take the victim to church.

The victim said the rape continued on a regular basis.

A witness informed the victim's mother that Cage confided in her that he had raped a young boy. She said Cage asked her not to tell anyone, but she immediately contacted the victim's mother.

"That's a blessing that someone was brave enough to tell," a neighbor said. "I just cannot even imagine having to deal with that."

The victim’s mother said Cage told her son that he would "do something bad" if the victim told anyone.

Neighbors in the community are now encouraging their own children to come forward if anything like this happened to them, or in the event it ever does.

"Basically, if you feel anything inappropriate speak up," Bryan Fisher said. "I know sometimes kids could get scared, but for the adults, just keep an eye on your kids and who they are around."

Cage was arrested and is charged with rape of a child. He's being held on an $80,000 bond.

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