A 19-year-old masseur pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday to offering to give a 72-year-old woman a massage in her Huntington Beach apartment and raping her instead. Ahkail Demyers could spend his next 61 years in prison if he is convicted of all the criminal counts against him, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). The Long Beach resident is charged with felony forcible rape, felony assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of a first degree burglary, felony sexual penetration by force, felony elder abuse and sentencing enhancement allegations for aggravated kidnapping and commission of forcible rape and sexual penetration by force during the commission of a burglary.
Surf City cops were summoned to an apartment complex for seniors near Main Street and Yorktown Avenue about 7:50 p.m. Sunday, when the victim told responding officers she had met Demyers there earlier, according to Officer Jennifer Marlatt.
A statement from the OCDA indicates Demyers came to the senior facility to visit a family member but that he struck up a conversation with the victim, informed her he was a masseur and offered to give her a therapeutic massage.
"Once inside the residence, the defendant is accused of forcing the victim into her bedroom, forcibly sexually assaulting Jane Doe and sexually penetrating the victim," reads the prosecution statement.
The woman and a neighbor called police, who arrested Demyers near the apartment complex later that evening, according to Marlatt. The victim also went to the hospital for an examination before returning home.
Demyers was being held on $1 million bail. A judge set a Sept. 4 pretrial hearing and Oct. 2 preliminary hearing.