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Ex-Cop Faces Felony Charges For Demanding Frontal Massage, Cash

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(courtesy Orange County Sheriffs Dept.)

(courtesy Orange County Sheriffs Dept.)

NEWPORT BEACH (CBS/AP) — An Orange County man is charged with demanding a rubdown and $200 while pretending to be a massage parlor inspector.

Orange County prosecutors charged Edward Justin LaPorte with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of impersonating a peace officer and firearm violations.

The 47-year-old faces arraignment Friday in Newport Beach.

Investigators say LaPorte, a former police officer from Illinois, was wearing a badge when he entered the Golden Spa massage parlor in Lake Forest on Jan. 31 and told the manager he was investigating a complaint.

Prosecutors say he then complained of back pain, and a masseuse gave him a back rub before LaPorte asked for a frontal massage, which was refused.

No phone listing could be found for LaPorte and court records don’t list an attorney for him.

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