Plastic surgeon accused of torture placed on house arrest
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The married South Florida plastic surgeon accused of torturing his mistress faced a judge Friday and was granted permission to return home from prison, where he will be closely monitored.
Dr. Orlando Llorente was charged with aggravated battery, attempted murder and kidnapping stemming from an April 21 argument with former girlfriend Leanne Sauma that authorities said took a violent turn. The doctor, who had been in jail since May 8, has been ordered to remain on house arrest after he posts bond, which was set at $100,000. He will be allowed to leave his residence for work-related duties.
Sauma alleges Llorente held her captive inside an apartment in a Brickell high-rise. According to the police report, Llorente unleashed on Sauma over a Facebook post she wrote. "What he did was grab her head, stick her [head] into the toilet and afterwards into the tub, stuffed a piece of rag down her mouth, causing her to almost lose consciousness," said Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes. "Now, this torturing lasted between 12 and 16 hours." Llorente's ex-girlfriend said that, during that time, she was cut off from any communication with the outside world.
Llorente, who has an affiliation with Kendall Regional Medical Center, will be required to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet and refrain from contacting Sauma, either in person or through social media.
Llorente has waived his right to a speedy trial. His attorneys declined to comment.
State prosecutors have asked for more time to build their case against Llorente.
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