Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Teen-ager gets probation in plea deal

A teen-ager accused of raping a high school girl will spend three years on probation under a plea agreement on reduced charges.

Billy Fagan, 18, was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old last August behind a trash bin outside a Juno Beach motel. He had faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

But after two witnesses twice changed their accounts, prosecutors said they had no choice but the plea deal.

Fagan's accuser, who agreed to the plea, spoke at Tuesday's hearing before Circuit Judge James Stewart.

"I'm only doing this because I want to get on with my life," she said.

Fagan, who has said the girl consented to sex, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery, which had been reduced from sexual battery, a second-degree felony. He also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of battery on a police officer, stemming from a struggle when he was arrested.

The two charges will not go on his record if he successfully completes probation.

Two other charges, disorderly intoxication and a second count of battery on a police officer, were dropped.

In 1990, Fagan became the focus of national media attention after investigators said they wanted to question him in connection with the 1990 rape and strangulation of 14-year-old Rachel Hurley at a Jupiter park. Fagan's attorneys refused to allow him to be questioned.

Fagan did not comment Tuesday, but his attorney Richard Lubin blamed his client's legal troubles on the Hurley investigation.

But prosecutor Doug Fulton said the Juno Beach charges had nothing to do with the Hurley slaying.