Vengeful Ex Solicits Woman's Rape on Craigslist

Alleged perp says he thought it was what woman wanted
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 1:25 PM CST
Vengeful Ex Solicits Woman's Rape on Craigslist
A man walks past the office of Craigslist in San Francisco.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Craigslist is at the center of another horrifying sexual assault, this time the rape of a Wyoming woman—allegedly solicited by her disgruntled ex-boyfriend. The soon-to-be ex-Marine allegedly posed as his ex-girlfriend and solicited “a real aggressive man with no concern for women” to break into her home and engage in a rape fantasy. A week later a man obliged, gagging the woman and raping her at knifepoint.

“I'll show you aggressive,” Ty Oliver McDowell supposedly said; he now says he thought he was simply doing what they had agreed upon in online conversations, Salon reports—though, of course, he was communicating with ex-boyfriend Jebediah James Stipe. The case underscores the ease with which one can "get someone raped," notes DoubleEx. McDowell is charged with first-degree sexual assault, among other counts; Stipe is charged with conspiracy to commit the same crime. (Read more Craigslist rape stories.)

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