Judge Sets Bond for Accused Rapist

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

January 17, 2006

The Las Vegas man accused in the 1984 rape of a University of Virginia student faced a judge in Charlottesville today. William Beebe turned himself into police Tuesday morning.

Beebe secured bond on Tuesday night and was released from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Tuesday afternoon a Charlottesville judge set bond for the Las Vegas real estate agent at $30,000.

"We are pleased that he was released on bond and think that was the appropriate decision for the court to make. He voluntarily turned himself in to Virginia. That was his intention all along and consistent with that, the court set a reasonable bond," Beebe's attorney Rhonda Quagliana told reporters outside the courtroom.

At the bond hearing in Charlottesville Tuesday Quagliana told the judge that her client and the victim have two completely different views of what happened one night at a UVa fraternity house nearly 22 years ago.

"The commonwealth wanted Mr. Beebe held without bond. Judge Berry disagreed and set a bond for him," Assistant Commonwealth?s Attorney Claude Worrell told reporters outside the courtroom.

The Commonwealth argued that if we were sitting here 20 years ago when this crime happened, Beebe would be held without bond.

"Judge Berry gave Mr. Beebe a bond of $30,000 and told him that he had to live at a specific address and he listed certain conditions of that bond," said Worrell.

In a recent letter to the victim, Beebe allegedly confessed to rape. Attorney's today say the letter came out of an AA 12-step program that requires making amends with people you've harmed. Beebe's attorney says she will present witnesses that can explain Beebe?s use of the words "how I raped you."

The judge says he was giving Beebe credit for turning himself in when he set bond today.

Beebe is also to have no contact with the victim and is to live with a friend in Richmond until this case is resolved.

"Now that it is before a court here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, allow the court to take its process and just hope for a just outcome whatever that outcome may be," said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.

Another condition the judge placed on the bond is that Beebe would turn over his passport. He was able to do that and was later released from jail Tuesday night.

The alleged victim told us tonight that although she is disappointed by the judge's decision to let Beebe out on bond her focus now has to be on working with the Commonwealth's attorney and the police on the investigation.

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