A Tampa, Fla.,
man was sentenced to 200 years in prison on Friday for
drugging and raping nine young men, the Fort Lauderdale
Steven Lorenzo, 46, met his victims in gay bars
and slipped them the date-rape drug GHB. He would then
bring them to his Tampa home and sexually torture
them. Two of the victims, both 26, ended up dead. Police
have also investigated Lorenzo in connection with the
disappearance of three gay men from a complex across
the street from a condo owned by Lorenzo. However, "we
have never been able to make a connection in those
cases," Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Det. Katherine
Collins told the newspaper.
Seven of Lorenzo's victims testified against
him. After the drugs wore off, they woke up naked and
in pain, some remembering bondage or forced sex, the
newspaper reported. Lorenzo's attorney argued the sex acts
were consensual, the newspaper reported.
In addition, according to a federal affidavit,
Lorenzo had an accomplice in the deaths of the two
men. Chicago resident Scott Schweickert confessed to
raping and killing the two men, the affidavit said. He will
face a federal trial later, the newspaper reported.
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