How to stop the rise of ‘the hairdressing brothel’
By Elizabeth WiesenthalThe story of a woman who got sick, lost her hair and her family.
A man who tried to cover it up.
A family that got hurt.
A woman who finally made it home to the man she loved, who had been accused of abusing her.
But these were not the only instances of sexual assault that occurred in the community of Woodland Hills, Calif., and they weren’t the only cases that attracted national attention.
The local sheriff was on the case.
And the city’s police chief, a former prosecutor, was investigating.
The Los Angeles County district attorney was investigating the allegations against the man.
The sheriff’s department was looking into whether the community’s safety had been jeopardized.
And then came the bombshell, which came in the fall of 2006, when the sheriff and the district attorney’s offices both released statements saying the man in question had been sexually abused.
The sheriff’s statement, released Sept. 27, 2006, included details about the allegations, including that the woman, who was 21 at the time, had been raped, and the man, who is now 70 and lives in California, had confessed.
The statement did not name the alleged victim or the man involved, but said he had confessed to the crimes.
The district attorney statement, on Sept. 28, 2006 — which was released the same day as the sheriff’s — said the man had confessed in court, and that the two men had been drinking alcohol together when they met.
The district attorney said they had been having sex when the man became physically aggressive and threatened to kill the woman.
It’s hard to know exactly what happened that night, but according to the sheriff, the two had sex in the shower and in the car.
The woman was pregnant.
She had a miscarriage.
The man was charged with two counts of first-degree rape.
But the two, according to court documents, had no sexual relationship whatsoever with the woman before or during the assault.
They had a “sexual relationship” before the attack, the district attorneys’ statement said, but that they had not had sex together in months.
And they had consensual sex after the assault, but they had a condom, and they had sex without her consent.
The judge found the two not guilty of all three charges.
The case went to trial and was eventually dismissed.
In January 2007, a judge found a new trial against the two.
The new man, now 66, was arrested again in June 2007, and prosecutors agreed to drop the charges against him, as well as one of the other charges against the woman who was pregnant with his child.
But the woman’s child was still being cared for by the family.
The woman and her children were finally able to visit their son in jail.
She says he is a bright young man, but the child has not been vaccinated against the common cold.
“I wish he’d been vaccinated,” she says.
“I’m scared about how they are going to keep him alive and how he’s going to be exposed to the world.”
The man has been charged with multiple counts of child abuse and is in jail without bail.
He was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 11.