Waukesha - A 17-year-old Muskego high school senior was being held Tuesday on $1 million bail after he was accused of a torturing a woman in what one court official called a "horrendous" case.
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John F. Orlando is accused of holding a 20-year-old woman for hours while he told her how he would kill her. He set her hair on fire, choked her several times until she vomited, tried to gouge her eyes out, burned her with a cigarette and cut her clothes with a box cutter, according to the criminal complaint.
During the encounter, though, they were sexually intimate and the woman was at one point locked outside Orlando's house but came back inside, according to the complaint.
Orlando was charged with four felonies: first-degree reckless endangerment, intimidation of a victim, false imprisonment and substantial battery. If convicted on all four counts, he would face a maximum prison sentence of 32 years and a fine of $70,000.
The woman, also of Muskego, went to police Friday after the episode with lacerations on her face, scratches and burn marks on her neck, a bite mark on her abdomen and bruises on her body. A permanent marker was used to write on her abdomen and pelvis, according to the complaint. She wasn't hospitalized.
In court Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Michelle Hulgaard called Orlando an "extremely violent and sadistic individual."
Most homicides "don't have the level of torture I've seen in this case," she told Court Commissioner Martin Binn.
She asked Binn to set bail at $250,000 cash, saying that in early August, Orlando was determined by juvenile court authorities to be a delinquent in connection with a similar situation. She would not say later whether the victim was the same.
But Binn said the allegations "shock the conscience," and he set bail at $1 million.
Binn said the facts in the case are "as horrendous" as any he has seen.
At Hulgaard's request, Binn also issued a protective order barring Orlando from having any contact with the victim. The woman, who barely weighs 100 pounds, according to Hulgaard, was in court when Orlando, who weighs nearly 300 pounds, made his initial appearance. Hulgaard described the victim as Orlando's girlfriend at the time of the episode.
According to the criminal complaint:
The woman rode her bike to Orlando's house on Hillendale Drive at 2 a.m. Friday. Shortly after the rest of his family left at 8:30 a.m., he began cutting her sweatshirt with a box cutter and biting her. After writing on her stomach and pelvis, he took a picture with his cell phone.
After they were consensually intimate, he locked her outside of the house. When he let her back in, he burned her chest and neck with a cigarette. Then he sat on her and choked her until she vomited. He dumped a liquid over her head, telling her it was acid, then sprayed a flammable liquid on her hair and ignited it with a lighter. She was able to put out the flames under a faucet.
As she towel-dried her hair, he pulled the towel tightly around her face, then kicked her several times in the side, stood on her stomach and put one foot on her neck so she again couldn't breathe. When he stopped, she told him she wanted to go home, but he wouldn't let her.
The complaint says Orlando grabbed a pair of nail clippers and tried to gouge the woman's eyes out, but she was able to free herself from his grip. He continually told her he was going to kill her and told her how he would cut her body to pieces and dispose of it where no one would find it, according to the complaint.
The woman's mother then called to tell her she was coming to pick her up. Orlando held a butcher knife to the woman's neck until her mother arrived, the complaint says.
Orlando is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 10.