A soldier stationed at Fort Eustis has been acquitted of raping an elderly woman in Florida, in 2009.
He was charged with burglary of a dwelling with battery, sexual battery by use of a firearm and false impersonation of a law enforcement officer.
Epps spent ten months in jail for the crime in which he says did not commit until he was acquitted earlier this month.
In 2009, the woman told authorities she had been assaulted by a man posing as a police officer, according to the local news in Newport News, VA.
“An unknown black male knocked on her door and falsely identified himself as a law enforcement officer,” reported the local Florida news. “When the woman opened the door, the suspect forced himself inside the home, threatened her with a gun and dragged her into a bedroom. The suspect then tied the woman to the bed using telephone cords and belts before raping her.”
Epps denied the claim he was the rapist, telling reporters he, who was 17-years-old at the time, had a consensual sexual relationship with the woman. He had been working on the woman’s farm at the time.
He also stated he ended the relationship before she reported the crime taking place.
“When they read it, I just broke down crying. I hit the ground and I thanked God because the odds were against me and you would never think I would come out on top,” Epps said.
Detectives do not believe in Epps’s innocence, stating he may be responsible for several similar crimes in other jurisdictions.
He has lived in Florida, Missouri, Virginia and Kentucky.
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