Homeless Ohio woman walked miles to face rapist in court

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Posted: Feb 16, 2015 11:40 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A homeless woman who was raped nearly a year ago in Ohio says she sometimes begged for bus money or walked up to 8 miles so she could face her attacker in court.

A police officer in Columbus says without her determination, it's unlikely her attacker would have been convicted.

A judge last week sentenced 54-year-old Paul Hubert to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to rape.

Hubert's attorney blamed what happened on drugs and alcohol.

The woman tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/16RlTJp) that she made sure to be at the hearings so no one else would become a victim.

Prosecutors say the woman was sleeping under a bridge in Columbus when she was raped last March.

The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com