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Emerson Callum and Lavont Flanders Convicted of Making Rape Porn

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Lavont Flanders Jr., a 40-year-old former Miami Beach police officer, and 45-year-old Emerson Callum were convicted yesterday by a jury for drugging women, videotaping sex with them, and then selling those videos as pornography. The two could now face life in prison.

Callum and Flanders, both of North Miami, were originally arrested on similar charges in 2007, but ultimately those charges were dropped. The pair was rearrested in August by the FBI.

"They would look for girls who wanted to be models. They would contact them fraudulently, pretending they were women in some cases, and get these women interested in doing auditions," Jeffrey Herman, an attorney for one of the victims, told WSVN in October. "Then, what they would do, and it was very similar for all these women, is they would bring them into Miami for an audition. They would give them alcohol as part of their audition, laced with a concoction including Xanax."

Callum would then rape the drugged victims while Flanders filmed the attacks. The videotapes were then sold as pornography to various websites and adult video stores around South Florida.

The two were ultimately convicted on multiple sex-related and conspiracy charges. They face life in prison when they are sentenced in February.

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