Saturday, October 4, 2003

Man who chained teenage girl is found guilty

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - An Indiana man accused of chaining a teenage girl to a pole and binding her with duct tape was convicted of sodomy and unlawful imprisonment.

Samuel McCullum was acquitted of rape charges by the Jefferson County Circuit Court jury Thursday night.

The jury could recommend a sentence of between 10 and 25 years for the sodomy and unlawful imprisonment convictions.

McCullum, 39, is from Jeffersonville, which is across the Ohio River from Louisville.

The girl, who was 17 at the time, said she accepted a ride from McCullum when she was standing at a bus stop on the morning of May 19, 2002.

Eight hours after getting into McCullum's car, the chained and bound teen managed to reach her cell phone and call for help.

She told authorities she didn't know where she was, but a dispatcher used the open line and the sound of dogs barking in the background to guide police to her.

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