Columbus, Ohio-based criminal defense attorney Javier Armengau, 52, is on trial for sexual assault on five different women dating back to 1998. One accuser says he raped her and masturbated in front of her when he defended her son several years ago.
BY Sasha Goldstein NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Columbus-based criminal defense attorney Javier Armengau, 52, has been accused by five different women of sexual misconduct and stands trial on charges of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, kidnapping and public indecency.
Monday’s accuser, the third woman to testify in what has thus far been a weeklong trial, said Armengau stripped naked and masturbated in front of her 10 different times in his officer during the time she employed him to defend her son, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
On Aug. 26, 2008, the night before her son was to be sentenced, Armengau and a man he told the woman was Judge Richard A. Frye discussed the idea of sex for a lenient sentence. The woman refused and the next day, Frye sentenced her son to four years in prison, the woman testified, according to the newspaper.
On cross-examination, attorneys for Armengau hammered the woman for not recognizing Frye in Armengau’s office after the judge presided over all of her son’s appearances in court.
After her son’s sentencing, Armengau forced the woman into a conference room outside the courtroom and made her perform oral sex, the Dispatch reported.
The woman came forward in April 2013 after learning others had accused Armengau of rape.
Attorney’s for Armengau argued that her testimony Monday was different than what she told police last year, when she said in an interview that the alleged rape had happened before her son’s sentencing and that the man threatened her to “do it or your son is going down.”
His attorneys said in opening statements last week that the accusers are motivated by “greed, revenge, envy, jealousy and money,” according to the Dispatch.