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Fayetteville Man Pleads Guilty to Torturing Women

Posted January 18, 2008

— A local man was sentenced Friday to more than 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges he imprisoned and tortured women in his Hope Mills computer shop.

Floyd Lee Cahoon, 45, of 2935 George Owen Road, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree kidnapping, nine counts of first-degree sex offense, one count of first-degree rape, two counts of assault by strangulation and one count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Cahoon, who had been scheduled to go to trial next week, was sentenced to 30 years, six months in prison. After he's released, he will have to wear a device to be tracked by satellites.

Two women told authorities they were kidnapped and locked up for several days at Cahoon's business, Spur Tech Computers, where they were raped and tortured.

Brooklyn Barrett said she was working as a prostitute and was looking for drugs when Cahoon took her to the home-based business in Hope Mills in the summer of 2006. There, he poured hot candle wax on her, choked her, tied her wrists and ankles with duct tape and put a dog collar around her neck, she said.

Barrett said she escaped after three days when Cahoon took her to Wal-Mart to buy her a shirt.

WRAL usually doesn't identify the victims of sexual assaults, but Barrett agreed to be named and tell her story.

While deputies were investigating her case, they found a naked, dehydrated woman chained to Cahoon's couch.

The 33-year-old homeless woman told investigators that she was kept in padlocked chains and a dog collar for five days. She said her captor called himself her "lord and master," tied her to a door frame, forced her to perform sex acts and repeatedly beat her with his fists and a leather belt.

Cahoon also had been charged with 11 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor in connection with materials found on a computer seized during the torture investigation.


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  • CraftyMo Jan 22, 2008

    It is amazing that he only got 30 years. No one, homeless, prostitute or otherwise should be treated so horribly. With a person that does not see women or children as human, they will usually progress from torture to murder. I hope he gets abused in prison in a manner in which he abused these poor victims. The women and child(ren) he abused will be scarred for the rest of their lives so 30 years doesn't seem like it is enough to me for ruining so many peoples lives.

  • many moons Jan 18, 2008

    Coach K is GREAT:aahh I think u read the article wrong.

  • goheels Jan 18, 2008

    No person deserves this type of treatment. Even a prostitute has the right to pick and choose. He targeted them because he felt they would not be missed, just as other serial rapists like him have done in the past.....there are many true crime books out there with people just like him in their story. He deserves a wicked punishment.

  • Godschild43 Jan 18, 2008

    My prayers goes out to thease women.I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU ARE .NOBODY DESERVES THIS KIND OF TREATMENT.how would he feel i wonder if this was a member of his family.

  • hooligan Jan 18, 2008

    30 years is a little harsh. They were homeless prostitutes going to his work for crack, sex, and money. Did the raping start when the crack wore off? I know a prostitute can be raped, but 30 years is a little to long. Search the department of correction web site, most murders get 10 to 18 years

  • ThatGuyAgain Jan 18, 2008

    Why is this piece of human debris still alive? We're worried about HIS rights?!?! I agree with jotoho99 - scumbags know they can laugh and walk away at taxpayer expense, so they do this kind of thing. Disagree that he should get his choice of injection or the chair...I say, give him to his victims and their friends/relatives and let them decide his punishment.

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  • NCcountryGirl Jan 18, 2008

    sizzle in the chair is what I'm thinking. He tortured innocent women and whos to say that in 30 years he won't just do it again??? He's a sick and lonely man and he doesn't deserve to live in this world.

  • At Work Jan 18, 2008

    I agree jotoho99

  • jotoho99 Jan 18, 2008

    and he only got 30 years for this, no wonder people are doing this junk, they know they won't get the death sentence. I forgot thats inhumane. BULL S---t. two choices injection or sizzle in the chair. no excuses