Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

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

October 20, 2009 |  3:39 pm

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

More breaking news in L.A. Now:

Arrest warrant issued for second suspect in killing of 4-month-old boy

College costs up; California public universities hike fees by rates that beat the national average

Monterey Bay Aquarium report: Demand for seafood leading to oceans' decline

Mayor's effort to fast-track Westside subway faces challenge

Metrolink engineers union sues to block surveillance cameras in locomotives

Rose Parade has its queen, and she's from Arcadia

Notorious Los Angeles gang member added to FBI Most Wanted list

LAPD detective accused of 1986 slaying seeks dismissal of case

Calabasas man charged with breaking into homes of Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge

Three more main breaks send water, mud spewing into L.A. streets

LAX's popular FlyAway bus service finally comes to Orange County

TMZ's Harvey Levin: Sheriff's use of his phone records in Mel Gibson case 'disgusting'

Swine flu fears prompting California hospitals to bar children, limit visitors

Roman Polanski flight risk 'high,' court says in rejecting bail

Staples Center's name will never change, new agreement says

La Mirada soldier among four killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

97-year-old L.A. homeless woman gets a home