Rasheed Powell forced his way to New Jersey hotel rooms, forced couples to have sex under the threat of a gun, before sexually assaulting the women, authorities say.
(New Jersey Department of Corrections)
A man who forced couples to stay in New Jersey motels to have sex under the threat of a gun, then locked the men in the bathroom and raped the women, was Thursday sentenced to 148 years in prison.
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The authorities said that in March and April 2012, Rasheed Powell, 43, forced his way into the motel rooms in Elizabeth and Linden, N. J. In any case, Powell is forced couples to have sex at gunpoint before ordering the men to the bathroom, and New York, FOX 5 reported.
While sexual abuse of women, Powell demanded that they compliment him loud enough for the men in the bathroom to hear, the Courier News of Bridgewater, N. J., reported. In any case, Powell threatened the couples’ lives if they told anyone.
A joint investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies, then gathered enough forensic evidence to identify Powell as a suspect. He was arrested in the middle of April in Springfield Municipal Court to answer a traffic violation.
Several victims spoke to the court Thursday in Powell’s sentencing. A victim, a so-called Powell a “monster.”
“I hope you don’t have the option to see the light of day again,” she said.
Another victim, whose letter is read in court by the judge, said she became suicidal and still suffers from panic attacks.
Powell is reportedly a father of two children and has been involved in crime since his early teens. Fourteen years of his adult life spent in prison for violent crime, according to the Courier News.
Powell was convicted of 24 counts of first-degree aggravated sexual abuse. In March he was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, eight counts of robbery, a first degree crime, and 12 weapons violations.
Powell maintained his innocence in the court Thursday, claiming that he did not receive a fair trial.
“In the course of time evidence. I am innocent,” he reportedly said.