A Murrieta man charged as a serial rapist was ordered to stand trial for assaults on six women, including an Ontario victim, officials said.

Melbrough Williams, 45, is charged with seven counts of rape by force, four counts of robbery, two counts of oral copulation by force and one count each of kidnap for rape, assault with intent to commit rape, and sexual penetration by a foreign object, according to court records. Williams also faces allegations of sexual offense of a kidnapped victim, sexual offenses with more than one victim, and personal use of a firearm.

One of the victims was allegedly raped in the Lake Elsinore area after being kidnapped from a location in Orange County in 2002, according to a news release from the Riverside County District Attorney's office. Another woman was reportedly raped in Ontario in January 2012.

Three women were allegedly raped in the Temecula area in May, June and July and a sixth woman was the victim of an attempted sexual assault in July.

The women were all working as prostitutes at the time, officials said. Williams reportedly met five of the most recent victims on a web site and picked up the first victim on the street.

Williams, who was arrested in Costa Mesa on July 27, faces multiple life sentences if convicted.

After listening to two days of testimony at a preliminary hearing, Judge Michael Rushton ruled there was enough evidence for Williams to stand trial after two days of testimony in a Riverside County courthouse.


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Williams, who is being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside in lieu of $10 million bail, is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 1.