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.

17 comments

  • RegulationNation

    Reason to never go anywhere without a gun for protection from disgusting criminals like this guy.

  • Donald Spears

    RegulationNation, Corps parks and Arkansas Game & Fish forbid anyone to carry a firearm in areas such as this for protection so there is no way to protect yourself. These laws demand change.

  • NNB

    No it isn’t a reason to never go anywhere without a gun. It is a reason to start putting the blame and punishment where it belongs on men like Osborn and on the family and culture that raised him to think he is entitled to a woman’s body and life in exchange for rendering aid. #Yesalllwomen

    • Claire

      Blame and punish him AFTER he does to her whatever he wants? Sounds to me like you really are not opposed to him doing whatever he wants provided he is blamed and ‘punished’.

    • Sarah 1

      You hit the ball out of the ballpark NNB.

      A typical abuser sees women as objects, without any respect, and often only as sexual objects, made to serve his need. He has low self-esteem, and thus abusing gives him a feeling of power, even though he may appear successful. He will find excuses for his behavior, and blame it on other factors other than himself ‚ this will often extend to other parts of his life, shifting the blame away from himself. He may be very charming and likable outside of his violence. Beware.

      • I am Anon

        Maybe we aren’t getting the whole story. Why no mention of the kids. Maybe she decided to fool around with this guy(sounds like he was around most of the day) and got caught by the kids. Oh no!The poor guy flees because he knows nobody will believe him. Ever consider another angle??

      • I am Anon

        Sarah 1. Is she free from blame simply because she is a woman. If that is your position, your sense of justice is really messed up. I am just saying something doesn’t add up. I don’t have all the facts and neither do you. I do believe the offense he is accused of should be a capital offense.

  • atc8824

    If she would have had a gun she could have gotten away from this sleeze but the way laws are now even if he did rape her and she pulled a gun in a state park she would do more time than he would for rape for protecting herself.Sad days in America.

  • Amanda

    This is why I don’t go to parks. It sounds like to me all the parks need police officers just for this simple reason for everyone safety. I will be praying for her and her family for what happened. God bless. Everyone out there camping stay safe. God bless you all

  • Ozark7

    A bit of clarity on location and gun . . . the location was NOT in Devil’s Den State Park but in an undeveloped area along Lee Creek in the Ozark Nat’l Forest in Washington County . . this area is widely known as an area for partying, drug use and indiscriminate behavior . . it is not patrolled by the Ozark Nat’l Forest rangers and you are basically on your own out there. Since this is not a Park or a designated recreational area your second amendment rights and a concealed carry permit are in order. Devil’s Den State Park has law enforcement officers on duty 24/7 and this is why people of this behavior style do not camp there.

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