Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A 19-year-old masseur was charged Tuesday with raping a 72-year-old woman in her apartment in a Huntington Beach seniors complex.

Ahkail Demyers of Long Beach, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is accused of raping the woman Sunday night, Deputy District Attorney Bobby Taghavi said.

The masseur was visiting a relative in an apartment complex for seniors near Main Street and Yorktown Avenue about 7:50 p.m. Sunday when he approached the victim, Taghavi said. Demyers offered to give the woman a therapeutic massage, according to the prosecutor.

Once Demyers was in the apartment, he forced the victim into her bedroom and sexually assaulted her, Taghavi alleged.

The woman, whose name was withheld, and one of her neighbors called police shortly after the alleged attack, Taghavi said.

Demyers pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of forcible rape, assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense during a first-degree burglary, sexual penetration by force and elder abuse.

He also faces sentence-enhancement allegations of aggravated kidnapping, rape, and sexual penetration by force during a burglary.

Demyers, who could face up to 61 years to life in prison if convicted, is due back in court on Sept. 4 for a pretrial hearing. An Oct. 2 preliminary hearing was also set.

—City News Service

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