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Man Convicted in ‘Blue Light’ Rapes

November 20, 1998

WYNNE, Ark. (AP) _ A man who used a police light to pull over a 17-year-old girl and rape her was sentenced to 80 years in prison Friday.

The case against Robert Todd Burmingham is one of three in which he is accused of being the ``Blue Light Rapist,″ an assailant who used a police-style blue light on his car to stop female motorists and attack them.

Burmingham, whose lawyer was not sure if he would appeal, has yet to go to trial in the other two cases. Burmingham maintained his innocence and his wife testified that he was with her at home the night of the July 1997 attack.

The victim, who was traveling alone when she said she was stopped, testified that she recognized Burmingham’s voice.

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