Man charged with sexually assaulting woman in Moneta

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By Tom Wilmoth


         A 50-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a residence on Little Creek Road in  Moneta.

         At 6:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 17, Bedford County 911 received a call from Little Creek Road in Moneta. The caller stated that a female had come to her house and said she had been sexually assaulted, according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The caller also advised that the female appeared to have been beaten, the report stated.

         In the news release, Major Ricky Gardner stated that a Virginia State trooper and Bedford County deputies responded and observed the victim had multiple injuries. The victim identified Steven John Lorent as having allegedly sexually and physically assaulted her, Major Gardner stated in the release.

         The release stated that Lorent allegedly took her cell phone and left the residence on foot. She went to a neighbor’s house to get help. The victim was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was later released.

         Later deputies located Lorent at a residence in Huddleston. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear from Rockbridge County. Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators later charged Lorent, with strangulation, object sexual penetration, grand larceny and felony domestic assault and battery. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.