Apology Leads to Arrest for Rape of Former University of Virginia Student

Published: January 17, 2006

GREENWICH, Conn. – A man who apologized for his 1984 sexual assault of a female University of Virginia student has been arrested for rape.

William Beebe, 41, who was in Nevada, flew himself to Charlottesville, Va., and turned himself in after his victim, 39-year-old Liz Seccuro, reported the case to Virginia authorities.

In September, Seccuro received a letter from Beebe in which he apologized for what his lawyer called “a thoughtless sexual encounter in college and bad manners.” Beebe and Seccuro then exchanged several E-mails where the suspect used the word “rape” several times to describe his actions. The suspect, however, denies the incident was a rape.

Seccuro says that when the incident first happened 21 years ago, she and her parents were discouraged from reporting it to the police. The university asked them to have the accusation handled by the school’s judicial process.

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