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SALESMAN JAILED ON DATE RAPE CHARGE.



Byline: Steven J. Gorman Daily News Staff Writer

A car salesman from Marina del Rey Del Rey may refer to:
  • Del Rey, California, a census-designated place in Fresno County, California
  • Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, a small district in the west side of Los Angeles
  • Del Rey (band), an indie rock band
 was ordered held on $2 million bail Friday after he was formally charged with drugging a woman during a dinner date, abducting ab·duct  
tr.v. ab·duct·ed, ab·duct·ing, ab·ducts
1. To carry off by force; kidnap.

2. Physiology To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
 the victim and raping her at his apartment.

At an arraignment A criminal proceeding at which the defendant is officially called before a court of competent jurisdiction, informed of the offense charged in the complaint, information, indictment, or other charging document, and asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or as otherwise permitted  in Culver City Culver City, city (1990 pop. 38,793), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a residential suburb of Los Angeles; inc. 1917. It is a center of the U.S. motion-picture industry, whose roots in the city date to c.1915. Its chief manufactures are rubber products and computers.  on Friday, the suspect, George ``Gino'' Spitzer, 40, pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape by use of drugs, one count of kidnapping for the purpose of rape and one count of robbery.

Prosecutors had sought to have bail revoked because they considered Spitzer, a Romanian citizen with a Canadian passport Canadian passports are issued to citizens of Canada for the purpose of international travel. Besides serving as proof of Canadian citizenship, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from Canadian consular officials abroad, if needed. , a flight risk, said Deputy District Attorney James Grodin.

Spitzer was arrested Wednesday after a search of his apartment turned up several boxes of the drug Rohypnol and about 20 videotapes showing him having sex with a dozen women who appeared to be drugged, said Sgt. Noel Lanier of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department This article is about the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department, not to be confused with the smaller Los Angeles County Police

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is a local law enforcement agency that serves Los Angeles County, California.
.

But in a strange twist to the case, Spitzer's identical twin brother, Julian, said in television news interviews that he was the individual shown on most of the videos and that all the women had consented to having sex with the brothers.

``They were not drugged, they were not drunk, there were not raped, they were not pushed around, they were not forced to do nothing except enjoy being with two good-looking guys,'' Julian Spitzer said.

The suspect's twin said the videotapes were made ``for our own private pleasure viewing,'' and that his brother's accuser went to bed with George Spitzer willingly.

Julian Spitzer also said he had been taking a prescription painkiller the night of the alleged rape and that his brother's date asked him for the pills to help her relax.

``I advised her not to take it, considering she was already consuming wine,'' he said. ``I gave her the pills, she took the pills, and minutes later she went into the bedroom.''

Sheriff's Deputy George Ducoulombier said Julian Spitzer was questioned by investigators the night his brother was arrested, had been cooperative and was not considered a suspect in the case.

Still, the account he gave to local news stations Friday had not been heard by authorities before, said Carol Larcade, one of the detectives investigating the case.

The search of George Spitzer's apartment in Marina del Rey on Tuesday stemmed from a complaint filed with sheriff's deputies by a Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  woman, who said she had gone out to dinner in Santa Monica Santa Monica (săn`tə mŏn`ĭkə), city (1990 pop. 86,905), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1886. Tourism and retailing are important, and the city has motion-picture, biotechnology, and software industries.  with Spitzer on July 9 and realized the next morning she had been drugged and raped by him, Lanier said.

``She does not remember anything after sitting in the restaurant'' until she woke up nude in Spitzer's bed, Lanier said.

According to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 the woman's account, Spitzer told her they had not had sex and drove her back to her car in Santa Monica, Lanier said.

``The victim knew she had been raped,'' Lanier said. ``Still groggy grog·gy  
adj. grog·gi·er, grog·gi·est
Unsteady and dazed; shaky.



[From grog.]


grog
, she went to the Marina del Rey sheriff's station and reported the crime.''

He said detectives believe there are a number of ``other women who have been drugged, kidnapped and raped by George Spitzer,'' Lanier said.

A bail review for Spitzer, who works as a sales manager for a car dealership in La Puente, was set for Aug. 13 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 21, Grodin said.

Anyone else who may have been a victim was urged to call the sheriff's station in Lennox at (310) 671-7531.
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