ONTARIO (CBSLA.com) — A former police officer could still be sentenced for kidnapping and raping a waitress in 2010 even though he committed suicide seven months ago.
Anthony Orban, 33, was working as a detective in Westminster when he stalked Erinn* at a Dave and Buster’s parking lot at Ontario Mills mall, forced her into her car and then raped her at another location.
Erinn was able to escape and helped police track Orban down.
In June 2012, Orban was convicted of the attack. His attorney blamed the anti-depressant Zoloft for his client’s behavior, claiming he was unaware of his actions because of the drug’s effects.
Right before his sentencing last October, however, Orban took his own life in his jail cell.
Erinn told KCAL9’s Tom Wait she would have forgiven Orban at the hearing.
“I was going to forgive him, actually. I had my whole impact statement written out and prepared. I was going to tell him exactly how I felt. That he had disgraced his fellow officers, fellow military personnel with what he had done. And the fact that he didn’t own up to it was very sad and pathetic,” she said.
Orban’s attorney told Wait via phone that sentencing Orban after his suicide is “a ridiculous charade” and is “hurtful to Orban’s family.”
Erinn said, “Just because he chose to take the coward’s way out on the day that was supposed to be his sentencing does not mean he’s excused from that…I waited years to say my piece to him and he took that from me.”
A hearing is scheduled for July to determine whether or not Orban will be sentenced.
*Erinn asked KCAL9 not to reveal her last name.