CINCINNATI – An Ohio man accused of keeping a woman captive in a closet for 10 days and repeatedly raping her pleaded guilty Friday to raping and kidnapping the victim, who said the man wanted to keep her as his "pet."
The 22-year-old woman told police that William Manis said he had intended to sell her as a sex slave but decided to keep her as a pet at his home in Hamilton, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.
Manis, 44, pleaded guilty in Butler County Common Pleas Court to two counts of kidnapping and nine counts of rape and could be sentenced to up to 110 years in prison, Assistant Prosecutor Jason Phillabaum said.
Manis earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but was declared competent to stand trial. Manis' attorney, Jeremy Evans, did not immediately return calls to his office Friday.
The woman told police that Manis kept her in a closet that was nailed shut, with her hands and feet bound, until she escaped by jumping out of a second-story window Nov. 26. She managed to reach neighbors for help.
"She was discovered essentially still gagged and handcuffed after she jumped out the window," Phillabaum said.
He said the woman was taken out of the closet and raped a couple of times a day.
The woman acknowledged she had been a prostitute and went into Manis's home voluntarily, but said he assaulted her and kept her tied up in the closet until her escape.
"She has never given excuses for who she is or what she's done," Phillabaum said. "But I think everyone agrees that no matter who you are, being locked in a closet and raped repeatedly is wrong."
Authorities also had said that Manis told the woman he would kill her and then kill himself if she tried to escape.
Evans told the judge last month that his client has a history of psychological problems.
Manis' sentencing is scheduled for March 8.
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