James Arthur House

James Arthur House

An 18-year-old man has been charged with raping and murdering a homeless mother before allegedly sexually assaulting her corpse.

Police said James Arthur House was arrested in Baltimore on Monday when he allegedly confessed to slaying and raping 35-year-old Jessica Gibson.

The mother-of-four’s body was found dumped behind large pallets on a downtown Baltimore access road last Wednesday.

Jessica Gibson

Jessica Gibson

Police say she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

Investigators do not yet have a motive for the crime, but they say House and the victim were known to each other. Their exact relationship is not yet clear.

Surveillance footage from around the area showed House and Gibson interacting before the attack took place.

After the victim’s body was found, police released surveillance video of House inside a convenience store saying they believed he was the last person to see Gibson alive.

The teenager called 911 to hand himself in after spotting the footage of him on social media.

House was charged with murder, rape, perverted practice, reckless endangerment and sex offenses.

Some of the sex acts House is charged with were allegedly carried out on Gibson’s dead body.

‘His confession was complete. Very sad,’ Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. ‘Our victim was sexually assaulted in a most brutal way.’

While Gibson was homeless, police say she did have surviving relatives including her four young children.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith said: ‘She had some of life’s issues going on. Of course, that doesn’t make her any less of a victim.’

Gibson’s relatives have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of her funeral.

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