A Utah man dubbed the “Vampire Trucker” faces 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to luring women into his semi and keeping them as sex slaves as he drove around the country.
Timothy Vafeades had been accused of kidnapping 18- and 19-year-old women, then keeping them prisoner in his truck for months at different points.
The now 56-year-old, who wore a set of fake vampire fangs and drove the “Twilight Express,” was said to have beat and sexually assaulted the older victim, a relative, for six months in 2013.
His teeth obsession also extended to his victim, who he also made wear false dentures after he ground down her own teeth and cut them with an exacto knife, according to a 2014 criminal complaint.
After he was arrested, the 18-year-old came forward and said that she had been beaten and kept captive for three months in 2012, when she was forced to have sex with the trucker and had one of her teeth filed down.
The Salt Lake City man, who prosecutors say previously had four other similar victims stretching back to 1994, was busted in late 2013 after officers at a weigh station in Minnesota noticed bruises on the 18-year-old.
He faced charges of child pornography in addition to the sex slave accusations, and pleaded guilty to transporting perverted material in April.
Prosecutors dropped two kidnapping charges when Vafeades pleaded guilty to charges of transporting the teens for illegal sex days before his trial was set to begin.
Attorney Trina Higgins told KSL that she hopes the plea helps bring the victims closure, and said that they will have an opportunity to speak at sentencing if they wish.
Vafeades is set to be sentenced in November.