Roy Bebout guilty of attempted rape, kidnapping

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A jury found Roy Bebout guilty on all charges Monday, including attempted rape, criminal confinement, kidnapping, and strangulation.

The verdict came on day three off Bebout’s trial.

Following the verdict, Bebout pleaded guilty to a sentence enhancement as a previous sexual offender. It could increase his time in jail by as much as 9 years.

Vanderburgh County deputy prosecutor Emily Hall was overjoyed with the verdit. “His sentence, he’s looking at hopefully double digits. And that’s 20 plus years he won’t be able to do this to another victim.”

Police say on October 12, 2018, Bebout grabbed a teenage girl as she was walking to work near the old IGA store on North Main Street. He took out a handgun and put her in handcuffs.

“He was really trying to take me,” she said in an interview with Eyewitness News in November. “I asked, ‘Why me? What did I do to deserve this?’ He said, ‘You were there.'”

The teen was able to escape, and a METS bus driver saw the girl in handcuffs and called 911.

Hall said her story is empowering for young girls and women. “She’s 5 feet tall, she’s a little gal,” said Hall. “She was so powerful. She was so smart, she planned what to do, how to get out of that situation.”

This is the second time Bebout has been convicted on similar charges. He was on parole after serving time for a rape and abduction conviction.

Bebout will be sentenced on April 10.

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(This story was originally published on March 13, 2019)

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