Jealous ex-boyfriend 'used Craigslist to arrange woman's rape'

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A jealous ex-boyfriend has been accused of a 'rape-for-hire' plot after his girlfriend was brutally assaulted, on his orders. 

A former U.S. Marine posed as his girlfriend to post an advert on the internet site Craigslist. 

Angry at being dumped, the advert read: 'Need a real aggressive man with no concern for women.' 

He posted his girlfriend's photo on the site and after receiving a reply from Ty McDowell entered into an email correspondence.

A week later McDowell broke into the 25-year-old woman's home in Natrona County, Wyoming, tied her up, blindfolded and gagged her before carrying out the rape.

An arrest warrant said he held a knife to her throat while carrying out the sex assault.

The bizarre rape-for-hire case was revealed as McDowell went on trial for rape.

Prosecutors said the ex-Marine had wanted revenge on his girlfriend after she broke off their relationship.

Two days after the advert for an 'aggressive man' was posted on Craigslist the woman spotted it and complained to authorities. 

It was removed from the site but by that time McDowell, 27, was already in correspondence with the man believing he was the woman.

McDowell claimed the 'woman' sent him emails saying she wanted to be humiliated and told detectives he believed she had wanted to act out a rape fantasy.

The man, whose name has been withheld to avoid identification of the victim and who was thrown out of the Marines for misconduct, has also been charged with rape.

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