Man jailed for homophobic attacks provided via Grindr

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Nigel Garrett, 21, of Texas, was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison for assaulting a man he found on Grindr which he used deliberately to target gay men. Prosecutors believe that Garrett and three other men used Grindr to find a victim, using a fake profile to find out his address, come to his house and beat him violently, chanting homophobic slurs. He was not alone, there was a group of homophobes he organized. They proceeded to ransack the property, before running away. According to the plea agreement, “Garrett admitted that he, Anthony Shelton, and Chancler Encalade used Grindr, a social media dating platform for gay men, to arrange to meet the victim at the victim’s home. Upon entering the victim’s home, the defendants restrained the victim with tape, physically assaulted the victim, and made derogatory statements to the victim for being gay. The defendants brandished a firearm during the home invasion, and they stole the victim’s property, including his motor vehicle.” There are no hate crime laws in Texas so the man was convicted on the federal level.

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