Gary Dotson says the woman he was convicted of raping "laid a Bible in my lap" and tried to convert him to Christian fundamentalism when they met after she recanted her rape accusation, the October issue of Playboy magazine reports. The conversion attempt occurred when Dotson and Cathleen Crowell Webb met in a New York hotel May 14 before appearing the next day on television network news shows, according to the article.

"The first thing she did was try to convert me. She laid a Bible in my lap and started quoting verses on why she came forward and turned her faith to God and asked how I would feel if I did the same," Dotson is quoted as saying. The article does not say how Dotson reacted to her attempt to convert him.

Attempts to reach Webb for comment yesterday at her Jaffrey, N.H., home were unsuccessful.

Dotson, who recently lost a bid for a new trial and still is trying to clear his name, criticized Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson's executive clemency order in the Playboy article: "Clemency was garbage . . . Right now, I could go back to jail for an open can of beer in the car," Dotson told Playboy.