Pfc. pleads innocent to arranging rape online
03-04-2010 12:35 PM
CASPER, Wyoming — A California Marine accused of using the Internet advertising site Craigslist to arrange the rape of an ex-girlfriend has pleaded not guilty to five felonies.
Pfc. Jebidiah James Stipe of Twentynine Palms, Calif., entered his plea in Wyoming’s Natrona County District Court on Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Stipe posted an ad on Craigslist pretending to be a Casper woman and asking for someone to help play out a “rape fantasy.” Prosecutors say a Bar Nunn man, Ty Oliver McDowell, replied to the posting.
McDowell is accused of raping the ex-girlfriend inside her home Dec. 11. He has pleaded not guilty to five felonies, including first-degree sexual assault.
A Marine Corps spokesman said Stipe was being discharged from the military “as a result of a pattern of misconduct” at the time of his arrest.
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