A homeless woman from Ohio walked 8 miles to the Franklin County courthouse to ensure a man who raped her under an East Side bridge serves time for the crime he committed.
The 47-year-old woman, whose identity has not been made public, was asked in court if she wanted to make a statement. She reportedly shook her head and began crying, but received the justice she deserved as she got to hear the jury impose a three-year prison sentence on Paul E. Hubert, 54, who pleaded guilty to rape.
Hubert will also be forced to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life, which he agreed to do as part of a plea agreement.
"He didn't get as much time as I thought he should, but he's getting his due justice," the woman reportedly said after the hearing. "He has to report for the rest of his life. I just have to have these feelings for the rest of my life. I only have to report to myself."
The victim says she was sleeping under the bridge when she was raped on the afternoon of March 12, reports The Columbus Dispatch. Hubert struck her in the head and forced himself on her. After the attack, she says she walked to a convenience store and asked the clerk to call police. She received a DNA examination and the DNA matched Hubert's, whose information was already in a database because of a 2007 conviction for receiving stolen property.
Before pleading guilty, Hubert claimed he paid the woman for sex, but his story was quickly discounted.
"He was counting on her not showing up," said Columbus police detective James Ashenhurst. "If it wasn't for her cooperation, he would have walked."
The victim says she was motivated by the thought that someone else could experience the pain she felt.
"I didn't want to see him do it to anyone else," she said. "If he would do that to me, imagine what he might do to this next victim."
The woman says she has been homeless for two years and is hopeful she will find a place to live soon, reports ABC News.