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Man gets 2 years in assault on woman

Bobby Scott Davis, 26, was sentenced to two years for raping a 39-year-old prostitute who was five months pregnant.

By WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 21, 2000


LARGO -- A St. Petersburg postal worker accused of raping a pregnant prostitute but convicted of lesser crimes was sentenced to two years in state prison on Wednesday.

Bobby Scott Davis, 26, had faced life in prison when prosecutors first charged him with kidnapping, sexual battery and aggravated assault.

He was arrested in May 1999 for allegedly raping a prostitute in his car, locking her in a car trunk and trying to run her over once he let her out.

But on Nov. 9, a jury rejected the most-serious charges against him, kidnapping and sexual battery.

Instead, jurors convicted him of two lesser crimes, misdemeanor battery and felony false imprisonment. He was convicted as charged of felony aggravated assault.

On Wednesday, Judge Douglas Baird sentenced Davis to two years in prison to be followed by three years probation for the felonies.

Davis, held without bail since his arrest, was sentenced to time served on the misdemeanor.

St. Petersburg police said they considered Davis a suspect in four additional prostitute rapes in the city, though he has not been charged in any other case.

At 3:40 a.m. on Feb. 4, police say, Davis picked up a 39-year-old prostitute who was five months' pregnant at 34th Street and 22nd Avenue N and offered her a ride. They stopped at an automated teller machine and drove to 16th Street and 22nd Avenue N, where police said Davis raped the woman in the passenger seat.

Although police described her as a prostitute, they said the sex act was not consensual.

Police say Davis forced the woman into the trunk of his gold Mitsubishi Gallant, drove to the 4200 block of 13th Avenue N, and let her out.

They say he drove toward her at 30 mph, making her jump out of the way.

Detectives say they got tips about Davis' identity after publicizing a photograph taken by a camera at the ATM he used that night.

Davis was a mail sorter at St. Petersburg's main post office at 3135 First Ave. N at the time of his arrest. He has been working the 6 p.m.-to-2 a.m. shift and has been employed there full time since October.

Detectives have been looking for a man suspected of raping several prostitutes since January. Other rapes have been reported along 34th Street at Seventh Avenue N and First Avenue S.

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