What happens when two convicted sex offenders are locked in the same cell together? Rape, of course!
Michael Mrozek and Brian Sorenson are both patients in Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program. In 2010, they were assigned as roommates, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
41-year-old Sorenson was serving time for sexually assaulting a woman in 1994, as well as for fracturing a fellow inmate’s skull and breaking his ribs while incarcerated at the state prison in 2004. 28-year-old Mrozek was there for having sex with juveniles in 2010.
What happened after the two men were put into a cell together, Deputy Human Services Commissioner Anne Barry says she “deeply regrets.”
According to an investigation, shortly after being assigned a cell with Mrozek, Sorenson admitted to his therapist that he was grooming his new roommate for sex, and described in detail the methodical steps he planned on using to assault the man. Despite knowing about his plan in advance, and despite knowing Sorenson’s history of assaultive behavior against his previous roommate, the therapist did nothing to intervene.
“[Sorenson] admitted to his therapist that he had gotten up in the middle of the night and laid down on Mrozek’s bed in an attempt to test Mrozek to see what he would do,” an investigator wrote in a report. “Sorenson told me he had been grooming Mrozek by making sexual comments, roughhousing and asking him if he was gay. Sorenson told me Mrozek repeatedly told him that he was not gay and didn’t want to have sex with him.”
Afterwards, Sorenson apologized for his behavior and promised never to do it again.
Because Sorenson did do it again. Only worse. Instead of simply “roughhousing” with Mrozek, he pinned him down and raped him in the early hours of morning when nobody else would hear.
According to the investigation report, after the attack, Mrozek claimed he was “afraid for his life, and he thought he might die at the hands of Sorenson.” At the time of the interview, the investigator noted, his body was covered in cuts and bruises.
As a result, the state has agreed to pay $203,000 to settle the lawsuit with Mrozek. Meanwhile, Sorenson was convicted of raping Mrozek and sentenced to an additional 17 years in the state prison.
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I know this sounds like a scenario for a porn film, but prison rape is not fun or sexy. The idea that men who commit crimes “deserve” to be raped is disgusting. When you go to prison, you are sentenced to ‘time’, not ‘rape’.
@jwtraveler: Porn is a fantasy, it is not to be anything else. Quit trying to shame people for their fantasies and using a story about an actual crime to scream about your personal opinion. As for how people feel others should be punished, that, again, is just fantasy.
And I’ll go one further for you. Rape jokes can be funny. Prison rape jokes can be funny. To me, at least. Doesn’t mean I advocate for either one. It’s merely my opinion. And you know what they say about areseholes and opinions.
Straight-identifying men often turn to men in the absence of women. It’s what I call “experiential homosexuality”. In other words, it’s about having a sexual experience and getting off with the most available human being.
Experiential homosexuality shouldn’t be confused with “relationship homosexuality”. Relationship homosexuality is based on what you feel in your soul rather than simply in your loins.
@Gothrykke: The only people who find rape jokes funny are rapist and rape apologist. Rape jokes do nothing but normalize rape, make wannabe rapist feel like it’s okay, and alienate rape victims from coming forward.
Not to say that dipshit here doesn’t deserve what he’s getting but how many here havn’t had one or two fantasies about being someone’s prison bitch. I’d watch the show OZ and OMG some of my best JO fantasies was me getting raped by one or more of the characters:)
@Gothrykke: What the fuck are you talking about? I said nothing about shame; I don’t know how someone can “scream” by writing online; as for personal opinions: what else do people do in Comments sections? It’s all about personal opinion, including yours.
@jwtraveler: 100% agree on your first post and 100% agree on your second post.
I have this weird “WTF do you expect it’s prison and they are both sex offenders” I want to care more than I do. I’m not saying rape is ok. I’m not saying what happened to this man should have happened or he deserved it. I’m not saying it’s not traumatic, I know it is first hand….I just have a really hard time feeling too bad for him. That’s my damage. Hopefully (although I wasn’t able to find who the victim victimized) the victims of the original crime will actually see that money and not this guy.
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