Thursday, September 24, 2009

Philly police impersonator sentenced to 25 to 50 years for multiple rapes, kidnappings

A South Philadelphia man who raped and kidnapped prostitutes was sentenced to a 25 to 50 year sentence for the attacks between September 2007 and January 2008. 42 year old Salvatore Longo was able to lure his victims by posing as a police officer, then attacking. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford A. Means heard Longo's plea agreement which stipulated that he would serve 25 to 50 years if he plead guilty to all six assaults.

[Assistant District Attorney Carolyn]Naylor said Longo admitted raping and kidnapping five of the six victims. One escaped from his car. He was also charged with attempted murder for putting a plastic bag over one victim's head. Naylor said the woman escaped suffocating by chewing a hole in the bag.

Authorities said the six women worked as prostitutes and were stopped by Longo as he cruised South Philadelphia and Kensington in his red 2001 Pontiac Grand Am.

The women got into Longo's car believing he wanted sex. Instead, authorities said, Longo identified himself as police, showed a bogus badge, and handcuffed them in the back of the car.

Longo then drove the victims to a secluded location where he sexually assaulted them, sometimes at gunpoint, police said.

Police arrested Longo about a week after the abduction of a 20-year-old woman about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 30, 2008, as she walked near Kensington Avenue and Westmoreland Street.The woman was handcuffed and sexually assaulted in the back of the car on Front Street under I-95 in South Philadelphia. She escaped and alerted residents.

While Longo was sentenced Monday, his Megan's Law sex offender assessment was not, meaning that his restriction after prison and sex offendr reporting requirements are still up in the air.

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