A Billings man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for trying to buy sex slaves to keep chained up in his basement.
Steven Robert Currence was arrested in Arizona at a supposed sex slave auction in May 2014. That auction was actually an undercover sting by the FBI. Documents state on August 19, 2013, Currence responded to an FBI undercover posting on a public website that stated a slave auction was going to take place, saying he was "definitely interested.
Court documents state Currence agreed to buy two sex slaves for $5,000 each and even showed an undercover agent a stone dungeon in his basement that include restraint devices. A raid on Currence's home found fifty-foot chains in his bedroom and coverings on the windows.
Currence told an undercover agent he intended to house one female slave in the basement while the other would sleep in his bedroom, chained to his bed with a chain long enough to reach the bathroom. Documents also show Currence intended to keep the slaves' passports, money, ID, clothes and location from them so they "have no idea where they are."
After serving his sentence, Currence will be on supervised probation for three years.
Three other men were sentenced in the FBI sting operation in Arizona. Their sentences range from 60 to 108 months.