An Akron gentleman billed with raping a woman he achieved by a courting characteristic on Fb was uncovered responsible Friday by a Summit County jury.
William Queen, 51, was found responsible on two counts of rape and one depend of felonious assault. The rapes are to start with-degree felonies, the assault is a 2nd-degree felony.
Jurors arrived at the verdicts about 6:15 p.m. right after an hour of deliberations.
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Queen satisfied the girl by way of a Fb courting application in September 2019, in accordance to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office environment. The two agreed to go to the woman’s apartment to eat meal and check out tv.
But at her residence, the face turned violent. In accordance to the prosecutor’s business office, Queen grabbed the woman, assaulting and raping her.
Queen had previously served time for rape, the prosecutor’s business reported.
In 1999, he was sentenced to prison after a rape conviction in Medina County. He was launched in 2018.
The Akron man’s use of a courting application to achieve accessibility to a sufferer is significantly from distinctive, according to figures on the practice.
As on the internet courting has elevated in attractiveness, crimes linked to it have also risen.
A 2019 Columbia College of Journalism investigation of 150 incidents of sexual assault involving dating apps found most incidents transpired on the first date.
In 10% of individuals incidents, victims ended up matched with another person who had been accused or convicted of sexual assault at minimum at the time. An more mature, 2005, report identified that 25% per cent of rapists utilised on-line dating web pages to locate their victims.
The relationship apps are also joined to less violent crimes.
In 2020, in accordance to the Federal Trade Fee, romance frauds arrived at a record $304 million, up about 50% from 2019. The FTC mentioned overall dollar losses greater fourfold from 2016 to 2020.
In Queen’s case, Summit County Widespread Pleas Court docket Choose Tammy O’Brien is scheduled to sentence him on Sept. 7.
Prior to sentencing, O’Brien will keep a hearing to figure out if Queen is a sexually violent predator.
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