Northwoods man sent to prison for attack posted to Facebook

2013-09-05T09:32:00Z 2014-01-31T16:39:20Z Northwoods man sent to prison for attack posted to FacebookBy Kim Bell 314-340-8115

CLAYTON • A man from Northwoods has been sent to prison for seven years for his role in a sexual-humiliation attack that was recorded on cellphone cameras and posted on Facebook.

Walter Worthan, 22, was sentenced Aug. 27 by St. Louis County Circuit Judge Michael Burton.

A jury convicted Worthan in May of two counts each of felonious restraint and sexual exploitation of a minor. He also was found guilty of misdemeanor assault.

Authorities say Worthan and three co-defendants — who are all awaiting trial — beat two teens and sexually humiliated them over several hours in October 2011 at Worthan’s home in Northwoods.

The home is in the 3700 block of Avondale Avenue.

The victims were two young men, ages 16 and 17. They knew their attackers, police say. They were tied to a chair with duct tape and thrown down stairs. They were beaten with sticks and burned with cigarettes. They were forced to strip naked and shower together and kiss each other. They were forced to stand outside in girls’ underwear.

Authorities say Worthan was heard on the recordings yelling, “Tie ’em up tight!”

The attack was discovered when a mother saw her son looking at what had been shared on Facebook.

At his trial, Worthan testified that he was home that day but didn’t take part in the attacks. He said the victims took part willingly and were able to leave if they wanted. He said he told them they should leave.

The co-defendants are: Brandon Nettles, 23, and Nicholas Nettles, 21, both of Northwoods; and Jervon Vaughn, 18, of St. Louis. Court records show that a plea hearing for Brandon Nettles is set for Sept. 27; the trial for Nicholas Nettles is set for November; and the trial for Vaughn is set for December.

Kim Bell covers breaking news for and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Contact her at 314-340-8115 or

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