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Fayetteville Man Pleads Guilty to Torturing Women

Posted January 18, 2008 5:00 p.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2008 5:03 p.m. EST

— 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.