- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 25, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) — A judge has found enough probable cause to certify a rape charge in a case that purportedly happened 21 years ago inside a University of Virginia fraternity house. The judge’s ruling Friday will send the case to a grand jury on April 17.

The case resurfaced last year when William N. Beebe, 41, wrote accuser Liz Seccuro to apologize for harming her, then admitted to raping her.

Mrs. Seccuro, 39, was the only witness called during the preliminary hearing Friday. She said the incident occurred the night of Oct. 5, 1984, inside the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, where there was party. Mrs. Seccuro said she had 1 beers before going on a tour of the house, got separated from a friend, accepted a mixed drink from two fraternity brothers and that the drink made her feel rubbery.

Mrs. Seccuro said she then met Mr. Beebe, who brought her to his room, sat her on his lap and began reading poetry. When he kissed her, she testified, she pulled away and left the room, but was brought back by Mr. Beebe and another man.

She said Mr. Beebe overwhelmed her with his size, forcefully removed her clothes and ignored her pleas for him to stop.

Mr. Beebe attempted to make amends as part of the 12 steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous program.

In subsequent e-mails, he admitted to raping Mrs. Seccuro, a mother and business woman living in Greenwich, Conn. She took the correspondences to police. Because Virginia does not have a statute of limitations on felonies, police were able to charge Mr. Beebe, a real estate agent living in Las Vegas.

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