A Los Angeles jury convicted a self-proclaimed “rehab mogul” of intimately assaulting 7 womanlike patients during his drug diagnosis comforts after years of countless allegations and lawsuits.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office pronounced a row found Christopher Bathum guilty of 31 rapist counts, including influential rape, passionate invasion by unfamiliar object, influential verbal copulation, and passionate exploitation.
The 56-year-old — who founded and ran 13 Community Recovery treatment centers in Southern California, as good as 6 in Colorado — touted himself as a coach and father figure to a patients of his facilities.
He was anything though that, as prosecutors suggested he “preyed” on a young, exposed women who came to him for assistance with their addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Court docs exhibit that he showered a women, mostly in their ‘20s and early ‘30s, with gifts like iPhones, a use of association cars, and hotel rooms. He would also offshoot them adult with internships and scholarships to build trust.
This was all a bathing technique, prosecutors said, as Bathum would also supply a women with drugs, including heroin and clear meth, as they battled addiction, and afterwards would intimately attack them while they were underneath a influence.
The fraud, who somehow founded his sequence of rehab comforts notwithstanding carrying no drug conversing permit or college degree, would also get high with some patients and learn them how to kick drug tests.
But it gets even worse. Bathum’s business was festooned in during slightest 50 lawsuits over a years, being indicted of polite harassment, fraud, and using a $175 million health caring billing scheme.
In that case, Bathum and his former arch financial officer Kirsten Wallace are indicted of hidden studious identifiers to buy health word policies but their knowledge, and stability to check word companies after patients’ had finished treatment.
His some-more new passionate abuse box enclosed mixed lawsuits filed by his former patients, dual of that claimed he would besiege and aim them and other women, “moving them around to removed hotel bedrooms and remote locations, enlivening them to use drugs with him, and intimately molesting them when they were high and/or unqualified of consent.”
Additional former clients that filed lawsuits embody Amanda Jester, who claimed a rehab owners molested her during a imagining in a persperate lodge; and Dana Reardon, who purported that Bathum gave her clear meth and heroin, done her watch him have sex with dual other women, and “forced his fingers” into her vagina “despite her protests.”
Bathum has vehemently denied all allegations opposite him. His profession attempted to disprove a accusers during a trial, suggesting that a women were after his money.
The jury, however, disagreed. While Bathum was clear of a dozen depends and unresolved on 3 others, he was found guilty on a rest of a 31 charges. He faces adult to 65 years in jail and will be condemned in April.
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