Crime Watch 8

Jury convicts SW Indiana man of raping, confining woman

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) – A jury has found a southwestern Indiana man guilty of multiple rape, criminal confinement and kidnapping counts for caging a woman in his mobile home and repeatedly assaulting her over 59 days.

The Posey County jury convicted 38-year-old Ricky House Jr. of Poseyville on 16 counts Monday.

The Evansville woman testified House and his girlfriend, 45-year-old Kendra Tooley, threatened to kill her if she tried to escape. She testified House kept her in the wooden cage for much of the last half of her captivity.

Tooley’s ex-husband testified he helped the woman escape in September 2014 after realizing she was being held captive.

A judge set a pre-sentencing hearing for House for Oct. 14.

Tooley has pleaded not guilty to similar charges. She’s due to face trial next month.