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Teen Tortured, Forcibly Tattooed, Left for Dead by Peers

Teen Tortured, Forcibly Tattooed, Left for Dead by Peers

Stetson Johnson, 18, holds back his hair to show a tattoo on his forehead in his home in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

Associated Press

May 05, 2011

DEL CITY, Okla. — Two men and two women are accused of pinning down a man who has learning disabilities, tattooing the word “RAPEST” on his forehead and shocking his genitals with a stun gun before beating him unconscious with a baseball bat, police said Wednesday.

The accused told police they attacked Stetson Johnson, 18, because he tried to have sex with one of them, according to a police spokesman. Detectives found no evidence to support their claims, he said.

Johnson, of Oklahoma City, said he is acquainted with all four but has never tried to hurt any of them. He said the April 17 attack began when he was thrown to the ground and kicked in the face “dozens of times” by two men while two women took turns using a stun gun on his genitals. He said the attackers yelled obscenities at him.

“I was screaming. It was hurting,” he said. “After they kicked me in the face I said, ‘Oh my god, they’re going to kill me.’”

Two women and two men are being held without bail but have not been formally charged. Capt. Jody Suit, spokesman for the Del City Police Department, said police plan to recommend charges of assault and battery, maiming by disfigurement and kidnapping.

The attackers placed duct tape around Johnson’s hands and held him down while one tattooed the word “RAPEST” on his forehead, Johnson said. The word, apparently a misspelling of “rapist,” has since been covered with another tattoo that looks like a bar code.

The attackers also tattooed a phrase on his chest that resembles “I like little boys,” police said.

They then put Johnson in a car and transported him to Eagle Lake in Del City, where he was beaten in the arms and head with a baseball bat, causing a gash in his head that required 18 stitches to close.

Johnson said he was unconscious for about two hours before he awoke and sought help.

“When I got up I felt dizzy,” he said. Johnson said he tried to get help from motorists on a nearby highway before walking about a quarter of a mile to a mobile home park, where a resident called police.

“They found him almost dead,” Suit said.

Johnson spent a week in the hospital, including three days in the intensive care unit, for treatment of a fractured skull, broken nose and other wounds sustained in the beating.

“They almost killed me,” he said.

Police seized tattoo guns, needles, ink and a Taser gun after the suspects were taken into custody, according to a police report.

Suit says the attackers told authorities they were trying to punish Johnson after one of the women accused him of trying to have sex with her. Johnson denies that, and Suit says there’s no evidence to support it.

“To me it’s bullying. The guy has the mentality of a fifth-grader,” Suit said.

He said the four have not yet been assigned public defenders.

Johnson bears scars from the attack and said he has trouble breathing and seeing out of one eye. He also said he suffers from anxiety and has nightmares about being killed.

“Everywhere I go, I look around like, ’What’s going to happen?’” he said. “I don’t understand why they would do something like this until I was almost dead. They deserve justice.”

He said he would like to have the tattoos removed but cannot afford it. In the meantime, he had the one on his forehead turned into a barcode, with the numerals “7” that he hopes will bring him luck and a reference to 2010, which he said was a good year for him.

Johnson’s mother, Lucy Ford, said she and her son plan to move from their southwest Oklahoma City home.

“He feels that it’s unsafe for him here. He can’t sleep at night,” Ford said. “I just can’t believe that people would be so mean. He’s 18 years old. He has his whole life before him. And he almost lost it?”

Johnson’s sister, Crystal Cline, said the incident makes her fear for the safety of her two small children.

“People are evil these days,” Cline said.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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    mz66

    about 3 years ago

    3854 Comments

    What's left to the imagination? They reported the facts, including that detectives found no evidence that the victim committed the offenses of which he's been accused. I don't know why people seem to be having trouble with this. This seems to be a fairly well written article.

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    Collegecop_WA

    about 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Update on the story:

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i8UxCFdqxc04burT1d3eRiXhluoA?docId=6d1333b3ecdc4c3e947201f09e65052d

    Take these four and lock them up for the rest of their lives. They don't deserve to be out with decent people.

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    mushin

    about 3 years ago

    64 Comments

    I AM IN NO WAY CONDONING THE ACTIONS OF THESE MODERN DAY TERRORISTS AND I HOPE THE JUDGE THROWS THE BOOK AT THEM. MY ONLY QUESTION RELATES TO THE ARTICLE ITSELF. IF MAKES REFERENCE TO THE VICTIM BEING AN ALLEGED SEX OFFENDER BUT LEAVES IT AT THAT. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO KNOW IF JOHNSON IS OR WAS EVER INVOLVED OR ACCUSED OF BEING INVOLVED IN A SEXUAL CRIME. AGAIN, THIS DOES NOT IN ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION EXCUSE WHAT THOSE ASS HOLES DID. I JUST HATE ARTICLES THAT LEAVE THINGS TO THE IMAGINATION. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE REAL JOURNALISM, NOT FICTION.

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    chris2022

    about 3 years ago

    232 Comments

    bumb MZ66. FOXBLOOD, your comments are unfounded and frankly reflect your lack of comprehension regarding the basic foundation and structure of law. Your google-searched profile photo tells most of us all we need to know about your general demeanor as well. Please exercise some compassion and objectivity, especially in cases like the ones described above.

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    RetCincyDisp

    about 3 years ago

    164 Comments

    I'm very sorry this young man had to suffer the cruelty of these idiots! Happy they're locked up and hope their paperwork gets lost, system goes down and "darn" all info is wiped out! Maybe they'll get lost in the system for a few years. Once they're "found" they can pay all expenses related to what they did!

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    texasCHL

    about 3 years ago

    38 Comments

    Perhaps kidnapping would be an appropriate charge. Life w/o would be an appropriate sentence for the 4 perps.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    This sort of thing pisses me to no end..!! Just how ugly some people can be, is beyond me. Poor kid...I hope that he is able to recover both mentally and physically. And as for the demonic a$$holes that did this shameful and ugly deed, I pray that the full scorn of justice be upon you..!!

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50

    mz66

    about 3 years ago

    3854 Comments

    And your "Lol" told me all I need to know about how seriously you take this subject--so don't try to get indignant now.

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50

    mz66

    about 3 years ago

    3854 Comments

    P.S. People who start waving their fists and ranting without knowing wtf they are talking about is one if my BIGGEST pet peeves.

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50

    mz66

    about 3 years ago

    3854 Comments

    FOXBLOOD: You sure are opinionated for someone who doesn't appear to have read the article at all.

    You ask, "Where in the article does it say this kid is handicapped?"
    Answer, in the very first sentence: "Two men and two women are accused of pinning down a man who has learning disabilities,..."

    You say, "If the kid is innocent,..." and "All these people broke the law." and
    You say, "Lol – he probably DID rape someone in order to make people act like that..."
    Answer, in the SECOND sentence: "The accused told police they attacked Stetson Johnson, 18, because he tried to have sex with one of them, according to a police spokesman. Detectives found no evidence to support their claims, he said."
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    Reading is hard...apparently. Was that harsh? WAKE UP AND READ THE STORY!

    mm'kay? Thanks.

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    DDemlong

    about 3 years ago

    2238 Comments

    wow, hope those people have good lawyers because they are going to get raped both criminally and civilly by this guy when he gets a lawyer.

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    PETE114

    about 3 years ago

    1396 Comments

    Something sound wrong with all the people in this story.

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    PCSO_Explorer

    about 3 years ago

    54 Comments

    I cannot find appropriate words to describe these people.

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    Buster10

    about 3 years ago

    258 Comments

    He covered It Up With A Bar Code ? Couldnt find A sympathetic Doc To remove This? Something Aint right Here

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    Tassin_2164

    about 3 years ago

    120 Comments

    WTF never once did the "victim" say, Johnson tried to rape her, but rather he tried to have sex with her. So... she lied to her igonant, brainless, ass boyfriend and he whipped the "mentally challanged" boy's ass. Rediculous!!!

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