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Defendant convicted in Twitter rape case; victim speaks out

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It did not take long for jurors to convict the defendant in a Hillsborough County rape case. 

The victim in this case had used Twitter to try and find the man who raped her, but the person accused in the crime testified in court, saying he did not rape the woman.

Thursday, Charles Newbold told the court he had consensual sex with the woman.

The 25-year-old woman had told a different story Wednesday, describing the alleged attack in graphic and raw details. She said she was raped by Newbold in a converted school bus she lived in at the time.

The same day of the attack, she got on Twitter and wrote about the sexual assault. She tweeted a description of her attacker and then added, "broke into (the bus) & raped me. Glad I'm alive."

Newbold's testimony refuted that. He told the court the two met in Ybor City and hit it off. But as things got physical in her home, Newbold said things took a different turn.

"She started saying that I was breaking things in her place," he said. "At that time, I was like, ‘We're breaking these things together. It's not like,' and she started saying things like she knew better than this. And I was just like, ‘What's going on?' Thought we were just going to have some fun, just me and you.'"

He said eventually she did kick him out of her place, and he left.

Before 2 p.m., jurors returned a guilty verdict.

After the trial, the victim spoke with reporters, saying she was happy with the outcome of the trial.

"So thankful. This man is not someone we want on our streets, he is someone who is a repeat offender who needs to be put in jail for a long time. I'm so happy I was able to be a part of that and keep other people safe," said 25-year-old Andrea Gorder.

Gorder said she wanted to be identified and speak out so other victims would have the courage to testify against their attackers.

"There are victims out there, and you need to be strong and you need to support people who have been through something so awful like this. It will never be your fault and it is only his fault, so stand up and speak out," she said.

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