Ben Vitale, a director with the non-profit group that assists victims of domestic and sexual violence, was arrested after he demanded sexual favors in exchange for signing off on a women’s court-ordered community service. (see – Safe Nest director arrested for sexual coercion)
Shocking new details have been released. The quick thinking Safe Nest assault victim recorded the incident with her cellphone, which lead to the suspect being arrested.
The LVRJ reports that the Metro Police report depicts a 24 year old woman who was “appalled and frightened” by the situation she found herself in.
Her initial contact with the Safe Nest’s donation director, Ben Vitale, were all on the phone and they agreed to meet on Sunday.
Vitale asked for sex in exchange for filling out the woman’s 171 hours of required community service from a drunken driving arrest in Los Angeles in February 2011.
While she was alone with him in his office, she videotaped Vitale with her cellphone as he made lurid suggestions to her.
The woman kept the phone on her lap and even managed to capture his face.
The woman kept her wits and went along with him and asked Vitale what he wanted from her. Vitale told her she could come to his office on Sundays for sex.
Vitale illegally signed the victim’s time sheet attesting that the woman completed the court-required community service hours and told her that if she had sex with him, she would get the signed sheet.
She made her escape from his office when Vitale went to check on another worker.
Vitale initally denied the reports but has since confessed to the charges against him.
He claims that he made a mistake and never coerced other women.
So far, Vitale has been charged with on one count open and gross lewdness, one count of forgery and one count of sexually-motivated coercion. Other charges may still be brought against him.