12 January 2006
'I harmed you': 21 years, 12 steps
later, rape apology backfires
The Hook Senior Editor
Step Nine of the famous 12 steps in Alcoholics
Anonymous requires the member to "make amends" to those he had
harmed through his addiction. Former UVA student William Nottingham
Beebe may wish he'd stopped at Step Eight.
After he tracked down and apologized to the woman
he allegedly raped at a UVA fraternity house more than 20 years ago,
the 41-year-old Nevada man was arrested last week in Las Vegas. His
attempt to make amends answered with an arrest warrant, he now faces
a possible sentence of life in prison.
1984 or 2004? The
University's response to Crime is Unacceptable!
Many pages of this website contain the following comment:
When a young woman reports that she's been raped to the Dean of Students,
she's told to "take some time off" to get herself together and to "put it
behind herself". The predator is told nothing, never counseled, and almost
always remains on campus so that he may graduate on time. Dozens of
letters sent to this website confirm that each complaint is treated as
though the victim is the problem, not the predator.
relating to a 1984 UVA Campus rape was reported in the Charlottesville
papers and local TV stations on Friday, 6 Jan 2006. Since that man
has now confessed to committing the 1984 crime, this story may prove that
women who are courageous enough to report the crime of rape are ignored by
the University. Though many years have passed, the way UVA responded to
the 1984 rape is no different than the way they responded to my daughter's
2004 rape. That in itself is a tragedy.
In the Daily Progress article below,
titled, " Arrest made in '84 rape", the reporter wrote the
Carol Wood, spokeswoman for the University of Virginia, said that
because the matter was a criminal investigation, the university
could not comment on the particulars of the case.
President John T. Casteen III, however, has been in contact with the
victim, Wood said. "President Casteen told her that he was both
saddened and sorry to read about what she had experienced and hoped
that she might be willing for him to use her case to focus attention
on rape victims' rights."
the founder of
I would ask Ms Wood for examples of how President Casteen has
focused attention on rape victim’s rights in the past two years?
The comment from Ms Carol Wood is a politically correct spin that
sounds concerned, but rings hollow with victims of campus crime.
President Casteen is neither proactive nor supportive of this cause.
Changes to the Sexual Assault policy were made only because of
pressure from this website and student protests - again, reactive
rather than proactive. President Casteen has never met with victims
to understand their frustration, anger, and fear, and continues to
refuse to meet with the founder of this website or her daughter to
gain insight into the problems of campus sexual assault.
Friday, January 06, 2006 - Paul Merrill
A Las Vegas man is in jail
Friday facing charges that he raped a woman 21 years ago when
they were both students at the University of Virginia. The way
that police finally caught up with this man after more than two
decades might surprise you.
It was just last fall when
police say a Connecticut woman got a letter from a man who would
later admit that he was the one who raped her 21 years ago. The
alleged crime happened when the two were both students at the
University of Virginia but the man was never arrested. His
shocking revelation started a chain of events that eventually
led to his arrest this week.
Police in Las Vegas confirm
that the suspect in this case admitted his guilt to the alleged
victim as part of a 12 step Alcoholic’s Anonymous program where
he had to right his past wrongs. Investigators say Beebe started
communicating with the alleged victim 21 years after the rape
reportedly took place. In a court document, a Charlottesville
police officer writes that Beebe confessed to the rape in
several e-mails to the alleged victim.
Las Vegas police arrested
41-year-old William Beebe on Wednesday. Charlottesville
detectives searched Beebe’s home in Nevada and Las Vegas police
arrested him after he had walked free for more than twenty-one
years after the alleged rape. Sergeant Dan Flaherty of the Las
Vegas Police Department said, “It’s very unusual based on a 22
year old case that just came to light and a warrant was recently
She says she was raped inside
the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on Madison Lane where Beebe
was a frat brother. The alleged victim told investigators she
did report the rape to the University of Virginia.
Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said, "It's my
understanding in speaking with the victim that initially this
matter was brought to the attention of the University of
Virginia. We're currently, as is the university, looking into
what, if anything was done with that information."
Beebe is being held without
bond in the Clark County Detention Center in Nevada. If he
waives extradition at a Monday hearing, Charlottesville police
say they will likely fly out to Nevada next week to bring him
We are still trying to contact
the University of Virginia to find out more about their actions
when these allegations came to light back in 1984.
Arrest made in
Victim received e-mail of remorse
By Sarah Barry
Daily Progress staff writer
January 6, 2006
investigation that spanned 22 years and thousands of miles,
Charlottesville police have charged a Las Vegas man with a rape
reported at the University of Virginia in 1984.
Las Vegas police
arrested William N. Beebe, a 41 year-old real estate agent, on a
rape charge based on a warrant issued in Charlottesville.
Chief Timothy J. Longo said that the rape victim had contacted the
department in December with the name and address of a man she
believed had raped her at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house when
they were both students at UVa.
Longo said that
once the victim contacted the department, police acted quickly. "It
is remarkably courageous of this victim to come forward and reopen
this aspect of her life."
The victim is 39
years old and lives in Greenwich, Conn. "I felt as a citizen that it
was important to report this to the police because I didn't get a
chance to at the time," she said in a phone interview. Longo said
the woman had reported the rape to UVa administration but not to the
police. She declined to elaborate on why, but said the issue would
be addressed in court.
spokeswoman for the University of Virginia, said that because the
matter was a criminal investigation, the university could not
comment on the particulars of the case.
T. Casteen III, however, has been in contact with the victim, Wood
said. "President Casteen told her that he was both saddened and
sorry to read about what she had experienced and hoped that she
might be willing for him to use her case to focus attention on rape
occurred early in the school year in October 1984. The victim was an
out-of-state freshman. Her attacker was older, and police believe he
was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. The victim did not know her attacker
at the time.
For two years
after the incident, the victim and her attacker had no contact. But
sometime in 1986, the victim ordered a pizza from her sorority
house, Longo said, and the attacker was the delivery boy.
For almost 20
years, the two had no further contact. Then, in September, the
victim received a letter from a man claiming to be her attacker. "He
wanted to apologize and clear his conscience," the victim said.
Longo said the
letter contained the name and address of the suspect. "I believe it
was ? fairly open," he said. "She was certainly alarmed to have
received that contact."
A couple of
months after receiving the letter, the victim contacted the police.
After interviewing the victim, conducting an investigation and
making contact with Las Vegas police, Charlottesville police gave
their report to the city commonwealth's attorney.
the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrested Beebe and
searched his home. Beebe is being held at the Clark County Detention
Center awaiting an extradition hearing scheduled for early Monday.
"I want to thank
the Charlottesville police force," the victim said, singling out the
detectives involved in the case and the police chief. "They couldn't
have comported themselves with more honor, compassion and
professionalism." She said she was also grateful to the
commonwealth's attorney's office for pursuing the case aggressively.
There is no
statute of limitations on felony charges in Virginia. If Beebe is
found guilty, he could serve a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Barry at (434) 978-7266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Cesare, Reporter
Las Vegas Realtor Arrested For Rape Committed Two Decades Ago
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A Las Vegas real estate agent is
under arrest accused of a rape 22 years ago in Virginia. Metro
police arrested William Beebe on a fugitive warrant. The allegations
apparently came out of conversations as part of a 12-Step program.
This is an interesting case for a couple of reasons.
One is how the confession came about -- through Alcoholics
Anonymous. And the other reason is because the alleged crime
happened 22 years ago and the statute of limitations had not expired
The rape that William Beebe admits to committing
occurred at a University of Virginia fraternity house twenty-two
years ago. Charlottesville police says the victim did report the
crime to a university dean, but the incident was never brought to
the attention of police until Dec. 2005.
Chief Tim Longo, with the Charlottesville police,
said, "In the months prior to reporting this incident, the victim
reports being contacted by her assailant. She hasn't seen or been in
contact with this person since two years after her attack. That
would've been 1986. During the course of the most recent contacts by
her assailant, the victim was able to discern his whereabouts."
Beebe's whereabouts turned out to be in east Las
Vegas. Metro police say Beebe got in touch with his victim as part
of a 12-Step program where he was apologizing to the people he had
Sgt. Dan Flaherty with Metro's fugitive detail
said, "I believe that this was probably something burning him up for
the last twenty-two years and decided, yea, I'm gonna come clean.
That's my personal beliefs on it."
What Beebe may not have known was that there was
no statute of limitations for this type of crime in Virginia. Sgt.
Flaherty said, "Based on this crime happening two decades ago, based
on that he has come forward voluntarily and he didn't flee, or
allude, or evade law enforcement. I would say this might be a case
where they look at leniency."
Metro police say Beebe went willingly with police
and even asked them to put out food for a cat that he cares for in
his neighborhood. He will be in court on Monday to face extradition
to face these charges in Virginia.
Metro's fugitive detail reports handling more than
1,500 arrests on out-of-state warrants in 2005. But, they said this
was one of their more unusual cases.
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