Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mob tattooed 'rapest' on victim's head and savagely beat him

Tim Talley in Oklahoma City

Published 30/06/2011 | 05:00

A group of four people, charged with kidnapping a man, tattooing "RAPEST" on his forehead and shocking his genitals with a stun gun before beating him unconscious with a baseball bat, has pleaded guilty.

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Three of the defendants also pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in a plea agreement with prosecutors, while the fourth pleaded no contest to the charge during a hearing in Oklahoma County district court in the US.

Stetson Johnson told authorities he was restrained with duct tape while "RAPEST," apparently a misspelling of 'rapist', was tattooed across his forehead and a phrase that resembles "I like little boys" was tattooed on his chest. The forehead tattoo has since been covered with another tattoo that looks like a bar code.

Richard Dellert, Zachary Provence, Kimberly Kirchler Vergara and Lorena Hodges were accused of attacking 18-year-old Mr Johnson on April 17. Police say they were punishing Mr Johnson after one of the women accused him of trying to have sex with her.

Mr Johnson denied the allegation, saying he has never tried to hurt any of them. Investigators have said there was no evidence to support the others' claim.

Dellert (25) and Provence (21) were sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. Vergara (24) and Hodges (33) were each sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation.

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