St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch speaks during a news conference discussing charges issued against Adam Michael Capriglione Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. Capriglione, 29, of south St. Louis County, has been indicted on 19 felony charges that include forcible rape, forcible sodomy and felony domestic assault. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch speaks during a news conference discussing charges issued against Adam Michael Capriglione Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. Capriglione, 29, of south St. Louis County, has been indicted on 19 felony charges that include forcible rape, forcible sodomy and felony domestic assault. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County man sexually tortured five women in his apartment over a period of several years, authorities said Tuesday.

Adam Michael Capriglione, 29, of south St. Louis County, was indicted last week on 19 felony charges that include forcible rape, forcible sodomy and felony domestic assault. St. Louis County police and prosecutors announced the charges Tuesday. Capriglione is jailed on $500,000 bond.

Police spokesman Brian Schellman said an investigation began after one of the victims contacted police in January. Capriglione is accused of raping, sodomizing and torturing several women dating back to 2006.

Schellman offered no additional details. Prosecutor Bob McCulloch planned an afternoon news conference to discuss the case. A phone message left with Capriglione’s attorney, Joseph Green, was not immediately returned

Capriglione also faces one count of sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly filming a child having sex in 2007.

In this photo provided by the St. Louis County Police Department is Adam Michael Capriglione, 29. Authorities said Tuesday, April 15, 2014 that Capriglione has been charged with 19 felony counts for allegedly raping, sodomizing and sexually torturing women in his apartment since 2006. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Police)
In this photo provided by the St. Louis County Police Department is Adam Michael Capriglione, 29. Authorities said Tuesday, April 15, 2014 that Capriglione has been charged with 19 felony counts for allegedly raping, sodomizing and sexually torturing women in his apartment since 2006. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Police)

The crimes occurred at Capriglione’s apartment and allegedly involved five victims. According to court records, most of the victims began as girlfriends. Some lived with Capriglione.

One woman was allegedly choked until she fell unconscious. That same victim was allegedly burned with heated scissors, cut, and beaten with a rubber mallet. Capriglione allegedly covered the face of another with plastic wrap, and punched another in the eye. He is also accused of deviate and potentially harmful sexual activities with the victims.

It wasn’t immediately clear if any of the women were allegedly imprisoned in the apartment.

Police suspect there may be other victims and urged them to come forward.

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