Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Pasco man convicted in rapes of two Tampa prostitutes gets life in prison

DADE CITY — A 32-year-old Land O'Lakes man already serving 20 years for raping a Tampa prostitute was sentenced to life in prison this week for a second sexual assault on another woman.

A jury convicted Nathan Christopher Floyd in March of sexual battery with a deadly weapon, the same offense he was convicted of in 2012.

Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa handed down the life sentence on Thursday.

Authorities said Floyd, 32, who lived at 21376 Snook Circle, attacked the prostitute at knifepoint after agreeing to pay her for sex.

Floyd was first arrested in 2009 when two prostitutes in Hillsborough County said he raped them at knifepoint. The investigation led authorities to a Pasco victim, who also works in Tampa but said she was raped at a mobile home in the Angus Valley area of Wesley Chapel after Floyd agreed to pay her $100 to have sex with him.

The woman, whose name was withheld by the Tampa Bay Times because of the nature of the crime, testified at the 2012 trial that she got in Floyd's car, a green Ford Thunderbird with a Sunoco bumper sticker, and agreed to let Floyd drive her to Wesley Chapel. When they arrived at the deserted mobile home, she asked that the lights be turned on. She said Floyd put a knife to her throat and told her there were no lights.

"You can do this the easy way or the hard way," she recalled him saying, just before he raped her.

Floyd's attorney argued that the women were seeking revenge because Floyd didn't pay them or drive them back to their street corners.

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