In June 2000, a woman was sexually assaulted on a running path in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by a man with a knife. A year later, a similar attack on a second woman occurred nearby. A police officer, who heard the description of the attacker, believed it resembled Charles “Ted” Dubbs, who he had recently arrested for indecent exposure. Both victims picked Dubbs out of a mug book, though one only identified him on her second review of the photos. Though Dubbs presented alibis for both attacks, a jury convicted him of sexual assault in May 2002, and he was sentenced to 12-to-40-years.
After Dubbs was incarcerated, similar attacks continued to occur. In 2005, police arrested Wilbur Cyrus Brown, who resembled Dubbs, in connection with the later attacks. In 2006, Brown confessed to the 2000 and 2001 attacks for which Dubbs had been convicted. In September 2007, Dubbs was granted a new trial on the basis of Brown’s confession, the prosecutor decided not to retry him, and his conviction was vacated.
- Stephanie Denzel