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Saturday, November 09, 2019 1:00 am

Rapist gets 52 years in attack near bus stop

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The man convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl he took from a bus top last year was ordered Friday to spend 52 years in prison.

Jurors on Oct. 10 convicted William J. Ray, 36, of rape, kidnapping, criminal confinement, burglary and sexual battery, taking only an hour and a half to return guilty verdicts on each count. They also found Ray – who was convicted in 2014 in Wisconsin of possessing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and robbery in Allen County in 2017 – to be a habitual offender, which is punishable by up to 20 years behind bars. 

He was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court.

The girl was waiting for a school bus at Smith Street and East Rudisill Boulevard Nov. 29, 2018, and told investigators Ray grabbed her from behind, dragged her to a nearby shed and sexually assaulted her. Now 16, the girl said she used her cellphone to contact a friend during the attack.

The friend called the girl's mother, who told police she raced back to the area of the bus stop to find Ray holding her daughter in a headlock. 

The mother told The Journal Gazette last year she followed Ray in her car, taking pictures, until officers arrived. 

Ray covered the girl's eyes and moved her from the shed to a house when he discovered she was using her phone, the girl told investigators. Prosecutors said “DNA consistent with the defendant” linked Ray to the crime. 

Allen Superior Court Judge David Zent sentenced him to 16 years on the rape charge; six years for kidnapping; two years for criminal confinement; six years for burglary; two years for sexual battery; and 20 years for being a habitual offender, for a total of 52 years in prison. 

mleblanc@jg.net