Man sentenced to 40 years in nightclub drugging, rape


Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 11:42 p.m.

TAMPA - A former Illinois man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for conspiring to drug, torture and rape a young man he met at a nightclub.

A federal jury convicted Scott Schweickert, 41, in January of distributing the date rape drug, GHB, to commit a crime of violence against Michael Wachholtz. He was acquitted on a drug distribution charge that involved a second man, Jason Galehouse. Both men died.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Porcelli said Schweickert, of Peru, Ill., and a Tampa man, Steven Lorenzo - whom he called kindred spirits in a sadomasochistic subculture - drugged, tortured and raped men they lured home from bars in December 2003.

State prosecutors said Monday they will soon announce whether Schweickert and Lorenzo will face murder charges for the deaths of Wachholtz and Galehouse, who were both 26.

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