Detectives Tuesday sought additional possible victims of a man arrested in the Westlake area for allegedly trying to coax a woman into having sex with him in exchange for discounted legal help with her husband’s immigration case.
Jose E. Morales of Los Angeles was arrested on April 26, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The victim had told officers she had visited a legal office on the afternoon of April 3 in the 500 block of North Alvarado Street, near the Hollywood (101) Freeway, police said.
“The victim, having been led to believe that Morales was a licensed lawyer, asked Morales for assistance with her husband’s immigration case,” police said.
“During the visit, Morales became sexually aggressive with victim and she quickly left his office. Over the next few days, Morales repeatedly called the victim offering discounted legal services for her husband’s case in exchange for sex, which the victim refused.”
The suspect allegedly told the woman he would not work on her husband’s case and would have her visa revoked unless she had sex with him, prompting the woman to contact the local bar association, police said.
The woman was told to file a police report, which she did, and Morales was arrested, according to the LAPD.
Sheriff’s inmate records show a 67-year-old man named Jose E. Morales who was arrested on April 26 by personnel from the LAPD’s Rampart Division and released from custody on April 30 after posting $35,000 bail.
“Detectives believe there are numerous other victims and they are encouraging them to come forward,” police said.
Anyone with information about this case or who has had dealings with Morales was urged to call Rampart Division detectives at (213) 484-3640.
After-hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.