In exchange for a guilty plea on a kidnapping charge, prosecutors have dropped hate crime charges against a Springtown, Texas man who lured his victim using a smartphone app.
According to WFAA News, Brice Johnson still faces a potential sentence of up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine for the attack and abduction which took place in the early morning hours of Labor Day, 2013. Johnson, who was 18 at the time, admitted exchanging sexual messages with 24-year-old Arron Keahey on a mobile app called MeetMe.
After inviting Keahey to his home, Johnson beat, bound and stuffed Keahey into the trunk of his own car. Johnson then took the car for a drive to visit friends.
Keahey was hospitalized for ten days due to broken facial bones requiring plastic surgery. He was also left with nerve damage and some teeth knocked out.
After his arrest, Johnson characterized the incident as “a joke.” According to court documents Johnson said:
“I invited this guy over, right, at first it was basically like a joke that went too far and too wrong. I invited him over because he was a fag or whatever.”
In an age of GPS-based hookup options, Keahey offered some sound advice:
“Just don’t meet anybody online. Don’t trust them.”
h/t: Freak Out Nation