TAMPA — Charles Newbold told a jury Thursday he was a ladies man whose charms were often irresistible.
Jurors decided Newbold, an 11-time felon from Lakeland, was a rapist who attacked a 24-year-old marketing major in Ybor City in 2011 in a 1970s school bus she had converted into a home.
After Newbold's conviction for sexual battery, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe sentenced him to life in prison.
Newbold, 30, was the final witness in the two-day trial. He told jurors that the victim had invited him to her bus parked on 3rd Avenue for sex after meeting him on the street.
But under cross-examination, Newbold admitted telling Tampa police that he never met the victim and was in Gainesville at the time.
The woman testified on Wednesday that she had been living in the bus for about two months. She said Newbold broke in on the morning of May 27, 2011, coming toward her with his pants pulled down. She said he choked her and forced her to the floor.
Detectives arrested him a month later after matching his biological profile to DNA found in a condom found outside the bus.