NORTHWOODS, Mo. (KMOX) – A judge has sentenced a Northwoods man to seven years in prison for his role in the kidnapping and abuse of two teens who some of the suspects accused of being gay.

Walter Worthan was found guilty of two counts each of kidnapping, felonious restraint, sexual exploitation and third-degree assault but is asking the judge to throw out the restraint, sexual exploitation and one of the assault convictions.

Worthan and brothers Brandon and Nicholas Nettles are accused of keeping 16 and 17-year-old boys at Worthan’s house, taping them to chairs, beating them, throwing them down stairs, burning them with cigarettes, forcing them to wear women’s underwear, and making them shower and kiss each other.

The incidents were recorded on video and pictures were posted on Facebook.

Brandon Nettles and Nicholas Nettles are scheduled to stand trial in November.


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