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Former Redondo Beach reserve police officer charged in alleged drugging, raping and shaving of man

A former Redondo Beach reserve police officer faces one felony count of sexual assault for allegedly drugging a man, raping him and shaving his body hair, according to a criminal complaint.

John Haig Marshall, 55, was arrested in 2009 after the 29-year-old alleged victim said Marshall slipped him a date-rape drug before sexually assaulting him and shaving his body hair.

Marshall is free on $100,000 bail, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Torrance Superior Court.

The Daily Breeze reported that the alleged victim went for medical treatment to determine if he had contracted a sexually transmitted disease, and that medical workers notified police.

The alleged victim reportedly had gone to Marshall’s house in September 2009 to work on his computer when he consumed a drink that incapacitated him.

Marshall's attorney told the Daily Breeze that his client may have taken a consensual shower with the alleged victim, but that Marshall "has never committed a sexual act against anybody that was not a willing participant."

Marshall had been a reserve police officer for portions of 1980 and 1981, the paper reported.

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