Trucker Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Woman in Big Rig Gets 30 Years in Prison
Akron, OH – A South Carolina trucker was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty last year of kidnapping and then sexually assaulting a woman in his semi-truck in 2018.
On Thursday, February 27, sentencing was handed down to 33-year-old truck driver Anthony Ingram.
According to court documents and trial testimony, the crimes occurred on August 10, 2018.
Ingram was in Michigan when prosecutors say he lured an Alabama woman into his commercial semi-truck by promising to drive her to Indiana to retrieve her vehicle.
Instead, Ingram began driving the woman in the opposite direction toward Maryland.
When the woman discovered that Ingram was not taking her to Indiana, Ingram then promised the woman he would take her to Indiana after delivering a a load to Maryland.
A few hours later, Ingram pulled his semi-truck off to the side of the turnpike in Hudson, OH, and sexually assaulted her while threatening her with a weapon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.
The woman convinced Ingram to stop at a truck stop in Lima, OH, where she was able to escape the truck and call 9-1-1 from a restaurant.
Beaver Township police officers responded to the scene and Ingram fled in his semi-truck.
GPS records showed that Ingram stopped 15 miles down the road.
FBI and Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators eventually found the woman’s clothing and cell phone discarded next to the turnpike at the location where Ingram stopped.
At the sentencing hearing, Ingram’s attorney, Larry Whitney, argued for a more lenient prison term.
In fact, he pointed out that Ingram continues to maintain his innocence and that the weapon Ingram was accused of using to threaten the woman was a BB gun.
Ingram’s defense hinged on his word against the victim’s.
He contends that once the woman figured out he wasn’t immediately taking her where he promised, she became enraged and retaliated by accusing him of rape.
“He says he didn’t do what she said he did,” Whitney said according to Greenville News. “He still persists his innocence. He didn’t rape this woman.”
In addition to the 30-year prison sentence, Ingram was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release.