Woman Raped While Camping With Her Kids, Police Say

William Osburne

A woman was raped near Devil’s Den State Park on Saturday night while camping with her children, police say.

William “Billy” Osburne, 39, of Morrow, was arrested Sunday after the victim said he helped her get her horse trailer unstuck and refused to leave before raping her, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

It is unclear whether the address listed is in Devil’s Den State Park, although a park representative said the incident occurred in the Ozark National Forest outside of the state park.

The probable cause report states the alleged rape occurred at Cedar Flats off of Arkansas 220 “just across the metal bridge past the horse camp.”

Osburne was released Monday from the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Osburne made advancements and sexual comments at her during the day and said “she was going to be his 4th wife,” the affidavit states.

When the woman went to her vehicle to get something, he reportedly forced her into the driver’s seat, tore her clothes off and raped her. He also touched her inappropriately several times before that, according to the report.

He also said he was going to “tear her to pieces,” the affidavit states.

There was not enough of a cellular signal to call 911, but campers did manage to get a text message out for help.

The victim was able to get away after startling Osburne by reaching up and honking her vehicle’s horn. After that, she escaped and went to the middle of the campsite and stayed with a larger group of people for protection, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Osburne fled before authorities arrived but was later arrested at his residence. He faces charges of first-degree terroristic threatening and rape, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

His arraignment is scheduled for July 2.


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