Saturday 18 November 2017

Tattoo gang who misspelt ‘rapest’ on victim’s head jailed

Stet Johnson was attacked and had his forehead tattoed by the gang in Oklahoma
Stet Johnson was attacked and had his forehead tattoed by the gang in Oklahoma
The word 'rapest' - apparently a misspelling of the word 'rapist' on the victim's forehead
Johnson recently covered up the word 'rapest' with a tattoo of a bar code

Rosemary O'Grady

Four people charged in the US with a Stieg Larsson-type kidnapping and tattooing of an 18-year-old victim faced a combined total of 30 years in prison for their sadistic behaviour.

The Oklahoma gang tattooed the word "rapest" on Stet Johnson's forehead, shocking him with a stun gun before beating him unconscious and leaving him for dead.

Johnson recently covered up the word "rapest" - apparently a misspelling of the word "rapist" - with a tattoo of a bar code.

All four attackers pleaded guilty to kidnapping and maiming and three of the defendants also pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The fourth pleaded no contest to the charge during a hearing.

Richard Dellert (31), Zachary Chase Provence (21) Kimberly Kirchler Vergara (25) and Lorena Hodges (33) were accused of attacking Johnson on April 17. They told police have they were punishing Johnson after one of the women accused him of trying to have sex with her.

Dellert and Provence were sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years of probation, while Vergara and Hodges were given five-year prison terms and five years of probation.

The victim said his attackers tied his hands together and beat him with a baseball bat before pinning his arms and inking his forehead and his chest during the vicious assault last month.

As well as tattooing his forehead, the gang wrote "I like little boys" on his chest and also shocked him in the groin with a stun gun.

Johnson told police he was eventually knocked unconscious and left for dead during the assault, which police said took place at the Oklahoma City home of one of his attackers' mom's house. After waking up, he stumbled to a nearby trailer park, where residents called an ambulance and police.

He spent several days in intensive care and was now in so much fear of his life that he and his mother plan to move from the city.

Dellert is a tattoo artist in Texas and police seized four tattoo guns, nine tattoo needles and 17 bottles of ink from him when they swooped on the gang. The other three still live in Oklahoma near the victim.

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