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Hotel manager jailed for six years after raping man in fake interview

Joseph McCormick July 31, 2015

A former manager in a luxury hotel in London has been sentenced to six years in prison for raping a student he lured in with a fake job interview.

He was caught after sending a message to his victim a year after the incident took place.

Sebastian Szerer, who was the head of housekeeping at the Reubens Hotel, invited his 24-year-old victim to the hotel under the pretence of a job interview in 2012.

Offering his victim a tour of the hotel, the 39-year-old took the student up to the Queen’s Suite, which is a popular room for celebrities.

Locking the door, Szerer told the victim to try the bed, at which point he unzipped his trousers and forced himself on him.

Prosecutors said the manager used his entire body weight to force the student to perform oral sex on him.

The victim said he was left “distraught, shaken up, absolutely petrified,” after the ordeal.

Szerer appeared to have got away with the attack until a year later, when he sent a message on the Scruff app to the victim saying “Hello stranger”.

Initially denying everything Szerer said he wasn’t gay and that he had never used Scruff.

He later attempted to say his victim had actually raped him.

After being found guilty of rape, Szerer was sentenced to six years in prison.

 

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