On Friday, a man who was just released from prison brutally
raped and beat the woman who gave him a ride home, according to Hillsborough
County Sheriff’s deputies.
R. Wesley Reese, 39, was doing time for burglary and other offenses. He
was released from prison on Friday, May 1. A woman picked him up from
prison and brought him back to an apartment in Hillsborough County, which
is where the violent attack unfolded hours later.
According to the HCSO criminal report, the woman fell asleep on the couch
and was woken by Reese pulling her hair. HCSO reported that Reese brought
the woman to the bedroom and went on to rape her repeatedly.
The woman made two desperate attempts to escape, even running out of the
apartment naked, calling for help, however, Reese dragged her back inside
on both occasions. Security cameras located at the apartment complex were
able to capture the woman’s attempts to escape her captor.
After one of the escape attempts, the woman tried to stab Reese with a
knife, but she was unable to stop him. When the torture was over, she
was so badly beaten and scared that she couldn’t call the police
until after Reese left the apartment the next morning.
Upon getting the call from the victim, Reese was reported as a fugitive
on the run. It wasn’t long before he was apprehended and taken into
custody. Reese admitted to the authorities that he had raped the victim.
Reese is currently being held in Hillsborough County Jail, his bond has
yet to be set.
What is sexual battery in Florida?
Reese is likely facing sexual battery charges. Under Sec. 794.011 (3),
a person commits the offense of sexual battery upon a person 12 years
of age or older, without the victim’s consent, when they use physical
force that is likely to cause serious personal injury.
In Florida, sexual battery under this section is a life felony, punishably
by 40 years or life imprisonment, or a fine not to exceed $15,000, or both.
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