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Cops: Sexual predator tortured with blow torch

5-23-2010 Florida:

Tyler Weisman is considered a crime victim, but getting tortured and robbed while looking for a hooker late Thursday may land him in prison, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Weisman, a 54-year-old registered sexual predator, was beaten about 9:30 p.m. when he was lured into a house on Orlando's west side "with promises of prostitution," according to Orlando police reports.

Convicted last year of molesting an 11-year-old girl in Seminole County, Weisman spent a year in jail and received 20 years of probation, records show.

But on Thursday night, police reports state, the former computer salesman turned down a crack-smoking prostitute's advances but remained at the house on Springdale Road when an ex-convict offered to get him "a younger girl."

The offer turned out to be a ruse.

Albert Brooks, who has served three sentences in state prison, thought his potential client was an undercover police officer, reports stated. He left the room and then returned with an aerosol can and cigarette lighter. Brooks "sprayed the contents of the can while holding a lighter to the fumes creating a sort of flame thrower" and burned the side of Weisman's face to force him to admit he was a cop, reports state.

Weisman managed to escape after getting beaten on the head, being robbed of $75 and losing his hearing aids and eyeglasses, reports stated.

Unable to tell police the exact address of the attack, Weisman led officers back to the house by describing a "Jesus" sign displayed in front of the building, reports state. Weisman, who could not be reached, was treated for his injuries at Florida Hospital South, reports stated.

No charges have been filed against Weisman, but he is now under investigation by state probation and parole officials. Notified of the incident Friday afternoon, state Probation and Parole Regional Director Barbara Scala in Orlando said the agency will conduct an in-depth review of Weisman's behavior to determine if he violated probation and warrants being sent to prison.

Scala noted that Weisman's probation requires him to wear a GPS monitor, which will show if he violated his 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. Other conditions include not associating with criminals or visiting place where intoxicants and illegal drugs are used.

Brooks, who was accused of torturing Weisman, was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery with a weapon. He remains held in the Orange County Jail in lieu of $20,600 bail. ..Source.. Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel

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