Rapist who apologized for 1984 attack released

first_imgVirginia abolished parole for all crimes committed after 1994, but because the crime occurred a decade earlier, Beebe was a candidate for early release. “Having waited 20 years for justice, this shortened sentence makes justice feel incomplete,” Seccuro wrote in an e-mail. “I take heart in the knowledge that the punishment for this crime is more certain today in Virginia.” Beebe left the Charlottesville jail without commenting to reporters. He plans to live in Chesterfield, Va. He registered as a sex offender Thursday morning, prosecutor Claude Worrell said. “This matter came to light because he tried to right a wrong,” said his attorney, Rhonda Quagliana. “Mr. Beebe has been sufficiently punished for his misjudgment.” In 2005, Beebe wrote Seccuro a letter of apology as part of AA’s 12-step recovery program. The ninth step calls on alcoholics to make amends to those they have harmed – unless doing so would cause further injury. By Kristen Gelineau THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RICHMOND, Va. – A man who sexually assaulted a fellow University of Virginia student then apologized to her two decades later as part of the Alcoholics Anonymous program was released Thursday after serving less than six months of an 18-month sentence. William Beebe, 42, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty in November to aggravated sexual battery for attacking Liz Seccuro at a fraternity party in 1984. In March, a judge ordered a 10-year prison sentence with all but 18 months suspended. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more