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June 14, 2013

Admitted rapist receives three-year sentence

Man's request to reverse guilty plea denied

ANDERSON — A man who admitted to impersonating a police officer in order to rape a young woman in July 2012 was sentenced on Friday.

Terry L. Duckworth, 67, received a three-year sentence for the Class D felony of sexual battery, a significant reduction in charge from a Class B felony of criminal deviate conduct he was also facing. The Class B felony was dropped May 28 when Duckworth accepted a plea deal for admitting to the attack.

But the deal was apparently not good enough for Duckworth at sentencing Friday, when he asked for the guilty plea to be voided so he could go to trial.

According to police reports of the incident on July 6, 2012, Duckworth approached the 24-year-old Anderson mother at the Town Center Park downtown while she was pushing her 1-year-old in a stroller. He commented on how attractive the woman was, but she spurned all of his advances, including an offer of $100 for food.

Duckworth followed the woman back to her apartment, forced his way inside and raped her. The man told her he was an Anderson police officer, and threatened to charge her with prostitution if she did not obey him. Duckworth had just been released from prison five months prior after a previous conviction.

"I want to reverse my plea. I want a chance to talk to the media. I want to get my side of the story out there," Duckworth said at the hearing. "I've been made out to be a monster and she's been made out to be an angel. It's been all about my character and not hers. It's not right. I need time to digest what's happened."

Even Duckworth's attorney, Zaki Ali, said he didn't think it was in the man's best interest to withdraw his plea, considering the deal he brokered.

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