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Former reserve police officer charged with drugging, raping and shaving friend

Marshall A former Redondo Beach reserve police officer has been arrested for allegedly drugging an acquaintance, raping him and shaving off the victim's body hair, authorities said.

John Haig Marshall, 53, was arrested Oct. 8 near his home on North Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach, said Sgt. Phil Keenan.

Marshall was booked on charges of rape using an intoxicating substance and released on $100,000 bail. The charges were first reported Monday by the Daily Breeze.

The arrest came after the 29-year-old victim came forward last month to report that Marshall had slipped him some sort of date rape drug and raped and shaved him in late September.

Police searched Marshall's home and recovered evidence that confirmed the victim's account of the sexual assault. They believe he may have assaulted others in the past.

Marshall, who resigned in 1981 after serving nine months as a reserve officer, was the subject of at least two complaints over the last 10 years, alleging he had drugged and sexually abused other men and boys in his home over a 30-year period. But this is the first time he has been charged.

Police ask anyone with more information to call Detective Denise Brenner at (310) 379-2477, Ext. 2320.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: John Haig Marshall. Credit: Redondo Beach Police Department

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This guy was a reserve officer for only 9 months almost 30 years ago. Maybe he also worked at a hamburger stand at some time in his life too. Reserve officer wasn't his occupation or even career, so why in the heck is that even part of this story? There's only one purpose for this headline.

Maybe the headline should be Ex-burger flipper charged with rape...

Raping HIM??!!! That guy been watching too much Pulp Fiction!!

OK, this guy is accused of a monsterous crime. But is the fact that he was briefly a reserve officer for Redondo Beach almost 30 years ago relevant, fair to RBPD or the community they serve? The answer to that is a resounding 'no.' Marshall has no connection to RBPD - leave them out of the story.

Boy, with a friend like that... you could have a lot of fun though.

it's interesting that we get to see this guy's mug shot but we didn't get to see the mug shot of the LAPD cop who was charged with possession of child pornography two weeks ago.

How do you explain to your acquaintance how all his body hair was shaved?
I'm guessing this guy is not a bottom, GOD i hope the men he raped were not heterosexual, this would make it even more traumatic.

Yikes. Things are getting weird.

"Former reserve officer?" This clown resigned what, 27-28 years ago??? If he was a "former bricklayer" or "former dental assistant" who resigned his job in 1981 would those words be used in the headlines? Nope! Imbeciles! No wonder the illegals and crooks run the world, no one in their right mind wants to be besmirched by the 'Times. Next time, how about, "3rd complaint is the charm for nefarious beach bum booty bandit" or some other crappy headline, LA Times?

He probably is a true patriotic American and dedicated Republican!

Isn't it a little weird to lead the story with the fact that the guy was a former reserve police officer for 9 months ... 28 years ago? I could see it if it were relevant--like he was running around pulling people over, or writing them tickets or something--but how often do you frame a story by someone's temporary affiliation decades in the past? Would you start a story about Sen. Robert Byrd with "Former Klansman..." or John F. Kennedy "Renowned adulterer..." It's also bizarre that you frame the article in the context of a job he BARELY held nearly thirty years ago, but don't actually say what he does now or has done for the last 28 years.

I like how he was a reserve officer for 9 months in 1981 and that makes the headline?!?! Is that really relevant?

Well, I guess the "former reserve police officer" thing is true, but he resigned back in 1981. That's 28 years ago.

With friends like that you don't need enemas.

The headline is a little misleading. I mean, he was a reserve officer for 9 months almost 30 years ago. I'm sure he's had a different job since then.

Which came first, the raping or the shaving?

This sounds familiar, let me see, oh yeah, "Roman Polanski has been charged
with giving a 13 yr. old girl drugs, raping her and... 30 yrs. ago".

Lock them both up in jail, prosecute and make them serve time like every other
sex offender.

Read change your headlines - Former Reserve Cop...

This guy was a RESERVE officer for 9 months over 28 years ago. Is that what he really is? A former reserve officer? What occpuation has he held for the last 28 years, maybe that would be a more appropriate title.

But then that would NOT garner attention, and be interesting enough for people to read your story. Pathetic!

Careful of those crazy white folks out there. Lots of them running around. If they're not bombing federal buildings, they're stealing your 401K, or sending bombs to your house via the USPS, or eating other people and storing their body parts in their refridgerator, or shooting up their high school while wearing trench-coats.

Say what???

John Marshall has been a child molestor for over 30 years...I was a victim years ago. He gave many of us children drugs and then molested us. He became a reserve officer in the city he lived, Redeondo Beach, to understand how police investigations work, and avoid detection. He also used the brief police involvement, 07/15/80 - 04/10/81, to successfully intimidate us child victims, as he's connected to the same people we would report the abuse to. He would tell us, no one will believe you..I'm a police officer and the rest of the force are friends of mine. We also feard he might harm us to shut us up.

Redondo Beach Police, Torrance Police and Palos Verdes Polce agencies have been aware of him for at least the past 30 years. There have been 30 - 50 victims.

It would have been nice if the Police had gone to the media in this manner years ago to stop some to the children that have been molested by this monster since they were first alerted and suspicious of his activities. Do they care more for the current adult victim in this case than the numerous children molested as a result of the police inability to stop this child molester? It seems like gross incompetence at the very least, and a criminal cover-up at the worst.

Maybe the police departments feared thus publicity and a huge lawsuit by the victims he was molesting while a reserve officer, or their inadequate background check prior to hiring him. Maybe it made more sense to allow the statute of limitations to expire on the victims to protect the city from legal liability?

And it's typical that the defense will try to make Mr. Marshall into a poor gay man beinjg picked on. It's true he is a gay man, and 99% of the 30-50 victims, including myself were male children. He's screwed up countless lives.... not too different from the Catholic priest scandal.

And he's not a Republican, I know...so stop trying the cheap shots at his possible political party.

In any case, it's about time he was arrested...long overdue. We just hope for justice.

Why won't you post this true victim statement by me. I don't want anything to be able to be traceed back to me from Mr. Marshall, his attorney or anyone that might want to do me harm.

Thanks!

John Marshall has been a child molestor for over 30 years...I was a victim years ago. He gave many of us children drugs and then molested us. He became a reserve officer in the city he lived, Redeondo Beach, to understand how police investigations work, and avoid detection. He also used the brief police involvement, 07/15/80 - 04/10/81, to successfully intimidate us child victims, as he's connected to the same people we would report the abuse to. He would tell us, no one will believe you..I'm a police officer and the rest of the force are friends of mine. We also feard he might harm us to shut us up.

Redondo Beach Police, Torrance Police and Palos Verdes Polce agencies have been aware of him for at least the past 30 years. There have been 30 - 50 victims.

It would have been nice if the Police had gone to the media in this manner years ago to stop some to the children that have been molested by this monster since they were first alerted and suspicious of his activities. Do they care more for the current adult victim in this case than the numerous children molested as a result of the police inability to stop this child molester? It seems like gross incompetence at the very least, and a criminal cover-up at the worst.

Maybe the police departments feared thus publicity and a huge lawsuit by the victims he was molesting while a reserve officer, or their inadequate background check prior to hiring him. Maybe it made more sense to allow the statute of limitations to expire on the victims to protect the city from legal liability?

And it's typical that the defense will try to make Mr. Marshall into a poor gay man beinjg picked on. It's true he is a gay man, and 99% of the 30-50 victims, including myself were male children. He's screwed up countless lives.... not too different from the Catholic priest scandal.

And he's not a Republican, I know...so stop trying the cheap shots at his possible political party.

In any case, it's about time he was arrested...long overdue. We just hope for justice.

For those who say it isn't necessary to mention this guy's past employer. It is relevant and very important. In this country the folks that make it into law enforcement are very qualified and go through a very rigorous interview process and to have this happen to one of them is important for the public to know. So stop crying!!

I find it funny to that they mention the suspect is a former reserve Redondo Beach Police Officer but, nearly 30 years ago. How is that relevant now. Only one news station mentioned he was a reserve officer back in 1980 for a short period of time. As far as the crime, he should have his day in court and if he is convicted he should go to prison.

Wow victim. I am so sorry. I agree this guy should have been locked up a long time ago. This is the first time he has been charged.

Amazing that some posters here are more concerned about his association with the City of Redondo Beach and not about his egregious crimes./

And victim. How do you know what his poltical affiliation is?

 
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