Somerset sisters accused of torturing man with pliers
Two Somerset sisters face up to 40 years in jail for allegedly sexually torturing a teenage male with a pair of pliers and forcing him to drink urine.
Valerie Bartkey, 24, and Amanda Johnson, 17, of Somerset have been charged with second-degree sexual assault by force and misdemeanor counts of battery and damage to property. Johnson is also charged with a misdemeanor count of intimidating a victim. They face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the sexual assault felony.
The 18-year-old man told police the assault took place on Oct. 1, 2011 in Somerset. According to court documents, the man was tortured with a pair of pliers and threatened with a belt.
He claimed the sisters hit him and then took his shoes and soaked them in the sink and toilet in the bathroom of the residence.
Later, he said they allegedly gave him a glass of what they claimed was lemonade and forced him to drink it. He claimed the liquid turned out to be urine from the sisters.
Allegedly, they then forced him to remove his clothes and threatened him with pliers and a belt if he didn't do what they told him.
When the man allegedly refused to have sex with Bartkey, Bartkey reportedly pulled and twisted the man's penis with the pliers while Johnson slapped the belt on the floor a couple times.
Allegedly, Bartkey's 4-year-old daughter was in the residence at the time of the incident.
According to the criminal complaint, Johnson reportedly called the man on Oct. 27 threatening that if he didn't drop the charges she'd tell school and police authorities that he smoked marijuana on Oct. 1. The man denied smoking marijuana but claimed Bartkey and Johnson did.
A court appearance is scheduled for April 12.