Alabama man convicted of sexually torturing, robbing victims online

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An Alabama man accused of sexually assaulting and robbing women he met on websites was convicted Tuesday of a dozen criminal charges including rape, robbery, sexual torture and theft.

Birmingham media say Jonathan Lockett, 43, was convicted by a jury after seven hours of deliberations that began Friday.

Jefferson County prosecutors Isabella Colombo and Julie McMakin said Lockette preyed on women who were down on their luck and had turned to prostitution.

Lockett, who testified in his own defense, said the encounters were consensual.

Lockett was tried for crimes that took place from October 2019 to November 2020 and involved five victims. He was found guilty of five counts of sodomy, four of robbery and one count of rape, sexual torture and theft.

The sentencing is set for October 16, according to .

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