• Man accused of strangling, raping woman in her home


    NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A 60-year-old convicted sex offender is once again behind bars.

    Richard Betonte, 60, is accused of breaking into a woman’s home in North Strabane Township around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and raping her.

    He was found guilty of attempted rape, criminal trespass, indecent assault and unlawful restraint back in 1990.

    Channel 11 spoke with a young woman who lived near Betonte during the time.


    "I remember being a kid and hearing a story about this same person doing the same act," she said. "I think it's horrible. I think it's sad, and I'm relieved that he's off the streets. it's a shame it happened the way it did."

    Police say the victim in Wednesday's alleged rape did not know Betonte and that he threatened her as he assaulted her for almost two hours.

    The victim told police her attacker wore eyeglasses and he left them on the floor of her bedroom. She also said the attacker had a raspy voice, another clue that led police to Betonte.

    He's now in jail on a $500,000 bond.



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