Alabama Man Arrested for Raping a Woman He Met Online

23-year old Jeffrey Scott Vanherreweghe

Indiana State Police Huntingburg:  An Alabama man was arrested by Indiana State Police detectives on multiple sexual assault charges after raping a female he met online.

On Monday, January 16, Troopers with the Indiana State Police were contacted regarding a report of a female that had taken herself to an Evansville area hospital after being raped in Huntingburg.  Investigators learned that, days earlier, the female had met 23 year old Jeffrey Scott Vanherreweghe of Crossville, Alabama, through the dating app “Tinder”.  Vanherreweghe, who was working locally installing equipment at a facility for his company, met the female Monday evening at the Quality Inn in Huntingburg.

Investigators learned that after initially participating within a consensual relationship, Vanherreweghe allegedly became violent, performing multiple sexual acts on the female against her wishes, while she was attempting to scream for help and for him to stop.  Investigators learned that co-workers of Vanherreweghe knocked on the hotel door multiple times to intervene; Vanherreweghe allegedly told them to go away.  Co-workers were able to use a key to the room from the front desk to attempt to enter; this  allowed for the female to get free from Vanherreweghe long enough to unlock the deadbolt to the room.  The female was able to retrieve her belongings and was escorted from the room by Vanherreweghe’s co-workers.

After speaking with witnesses, and ISP Crime Scene Technicians collecting evidence from the hotel room, investigators interviewed Vanherreweghe and later placed him into custody, transporting him without incident to the Dubois County Security Center.

Vanherreweghe is being charged with Rape, a Level 3 Felony, Criminal Confinement, a Level 5 Felony and Sexual Battery, a Level 6 Felony. He is being held under a cash bond of 15,000.oo

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