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Supreme Court rejects Tampa sex torturer's appeal

TAMPA — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to review the case of Steven Lorenzo, a Tampa man serving 200 years in prison for sexually torturing and drugging nine men.

Lorenzo asked the Supreme Court to intervene after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in September.

Lorenzo, 50, was convicted in 2005 of nine counts of administering GHB, a date-rape drug, and one count of conspiring with Scott Schweickert, 43. Schweickert is serving 40 years in prison for his role.

Lorenzo and Schweickert were arrested in 2005 and charged with the federal crime of conspiracy and using the drug to facilitate a crime of violence. Jurors heard that Schweickert told authorities that Lorenzo persuaded him to help cut up the body of Jason Galehouse and dump it in trash bins around the city. Galehouse's body was never found.

The men also were charged with the rape and torture of Michael Wachholtz, whose body was found in his Jeep. Galehouse and Wachholtz, both 26, disappeared the same weekend in December 2003.

Neither Lorenzo nor Schweickert has been charged with murder.

Kevin Graham can be reached at kgraham@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3433.

Supreme Court rejects Tampa sex torturer's appeal 02/02/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 2, 2009 10:12pm]
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