A 27-year-old U.S. Marine from Twentynine Palms, Calif., who prosecutors say arranged a brutal rape using Craigslist, has been charged with five felonies in Wyoming.
Pfc. Jebidiah Stipe made his initial appearance in Wyoming’s Natrona County Circuit Court Tuesday. He’s charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault and other crimes.
According to the Twentynine Palms Marine base’s public affairs office, Stipe is a native of Carbon, Wyo., a small town south of Casper.
Stipe was being processed for administrative separation as a result of a pattern of misconduct at the time of his arrest, according to the base office. He was a maintenance mechanic with a unit that provides unmanned aircraft.
Prosecutors say that on Dec. 5, Stipe posted an advertisement on the popular Internet site pretending to be a woman he briefly dated. The ad asked for a “real aggressive man with no concern for women” willing to carry out a rape fantasy.
Prosecutors say Ty Oliver McDowell, a 26-year-old Mills, Wyoming resident, responded to the ad, and that Stipe gave him the woman’s picture and an address. McDowell is also charged with five felonies, including first-degree sexual assault.