Kenny Chatman kept a 19-year-old woman tied down in a house, where more than 100 men raped her, a woman wrote to U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks on Monday.
The corrupt drug treatment center operator, who faces up to life in prison when sentenced today, held her for weeks, until she jumped out of a window and escaped wearing nothing but a T-shirt, according to the letter.
“They IV-drugged me with an unknown sedative,” wrote the woman, whose name was redacted by federal prosecutors. “And from that point on, men came in and paid him money to rape me.”
The woman’s letter was one of several sent to Middlebrooks by parents and victims over the past few weeks, telling the judge how they believe Chatman killed their children or furthered their addictions. Some of Chatman’s family and friends sent letters in support of him.
One parent of a patient said her son escaped Chatman’s care to a treatment center in Louisiana, only to see Chatman later buy a one-way ticket for her son to return to Palm Beach County. Another parent said his son killed himself after attending Chatman’s Reflections Treatment Center in Broward County.
Middlebrooks could send Chatman to prison for life today; his lawyers are asking for a 12- to 15-year sentence. Chatman’s wife, Laura, faces up to 10 years in prison for pretending on state paperwork to be the owner of his treatment centers.
Of the “victim impact” letters, perhaps none are more chilling than the one from the woman who says Chatman kidnapped her and forced her into prostitution.
Chatman has admitted to many of the details mentioned in the letter, and he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, along with conspiracies to commit money laundering and health care fraud. His activities were detailed in a December 2015 Palm Beach Post story based on then-unconnected police reports and interviews with addicts and industry workers.
The woman said in her letter that she first met Chatman in 2015, when she was 19. She said she was brought to a house by some of Chatman’s associates.
“Upon entering the house I was punched in the face and lost consciousness,” she wrote. “When I woke up at the house, there were restraints on my wrists and ankles attached to a bed post. There were other girls present at the house, severely under the influence, almost to the point of unconsciousness.”
“They took all my belongings, including my clothes,” she wrote.
She said she slipped in and out of consciousness “but was completely aware of myself being raped, molested, emotionally, mentally physically, sexually abused, and verbally demeaned.”
“I recall close to 150 in total different faces of rapists abusing me daily over a period of 3-4 weeks,” wrote the woman. “I was unrestrained for brief periods, only to be cleaned up of bodily fluids. I thought I was going to die there.”
After four weeks of being there, she said she was able to jump out of a window and escape, wearing only a T-shirt. She flagged down a car and went home.
She reported Chatman to police and FBI agents, she wrote. But Chatman wasn’t done with her.
“Long after I came forward with these events, I was confronted by Kenny Chatman again and forced into a vehicle and threatened and taken to a notary and forced to sign a document recanting my previous statements against him,” she wrote.
FBI agents later found her recanted statement in Chatman’s office safe, according to court records.
Since then, she’s received “countless hours” of therapy and addiction counseling and is now “terrified of men.”
“In a place where you are supposed to feel the safest, TREATMENT, I experienced some of the most gruesome acts that I can think of,” she wrote. “Today, my hope is that justice will be served and Kenny Chatman is permanently removed from the streets so not only can he not get me again, but so he can’t do this to other human beings.”
WHAT THE POST REPORTED
Citing police reports, The Post exposed Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman as a sober home owner who kept women “in a state of impairment in order to ‘pimp’ them out.” The December 2015 story also detailed the drug overdose death of a 27-year-old man in a Chatman sober home. Read the coverage at MyPalmBeachPost.com