Indecent exposure charges filed against trans woman over L.A. spa incident – Yahoo News

Prosecutors filed multiple counts of indecent exposure this week against a transgender woman whose alleged conduct was at the center of a viral video that sparked a pair of violent protests outside a spa in Westlake this summer, officials said Thursday.
Darren Agee Merager was charged Monday with five counts of indecent exposure, relating to an incident inside the Wi Spa on June 23, according to a news release issued by the Los Angeles Police Department. The next day, a viral video emerged alleging a customer had exposed their penis in front of people inside the Wi Spa.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment or provide a copy of the criminal complaint against Merager, whom police described as a 52-year-old Riverside County resident.
Attempts to contact Merager were not immediately successful, though she denied all wrongdoing in an interview with the New York Post, which first reported the charges Thursday morning. Merager told the tabloid she is legally female and claimed that those making complaints to police were engaging in transphobic harassment.
An arrest warrant has been issued, but Merager was not in custody as of Thursday afternoon, according to the LAPD.
Police said she has a criminal history. Merager has been a registered sex offender since 2006 as a result of convictions for indecent exposure in 2002 and 2003, according to the LAPD.
Indecent exposure can be filed as a felony or misdemeanor under California law, but Merager's prior conviction led prosecutors to bring felony charges against her this week, according to a person with knowledge of the case who requested anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.
Merager is awaiting trial on seven counts of indecent exposure that were first filed in 2019, according to court records.
After the video alleging someone exposed themselves went viral, the spa became the target of right-wing demonstrations, which many chided as transphobic after extremist groups such as the Proud Boys glommed onto the events. The recording, which surfaced in late June, showed an irate customer arguing with employees after she said she had seen a customer with a penis in an area that is reserved for women. The Wilshire Boulevard facility has some gender-separated areas with changing rooms and Jacuzzis.
The video was quickly amplified by an international network of right-wing activists, pundits and media outlets, including Breitbart, the Gateway Pundit, RealClearPolitics and The Blaze, a publication founded by Glenn Beck. Message boards where anti-trans activists gather, including Mumsnet, saw thousands of comments.
In the fallout, a pair of protests against the spa quickly devolved into bedlam, arrests and injuries. An independent journalist was struck in the head with a bat at one rally, and a fringe candidate in the race to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom reportedly drove the assailant away from the scene.
Members of the Proud Boys were among the protesters, and several people armed with bats and knives were at both demonstrations, LAPD Deputy Chief Al Labrada previously told The Times.
Police arrested about 40 people, mostly for failure to disperse, but quickly faced accusations that they used excessive force and largely focused their efforts on left-wing counterprotesters, a claim the department has repeatedly had to fend off during recent political protests. Attorneys have already threatened to file multiple lawsuits against the LAPD over its response to the second protest outside the spa.
It was unclear whether Merager had an attorney or when she was set to appear in court.
Marc Little, a conservative pastor who arranged a news conference for the woman who recorded the initial video, said the charges proved "the power of truth."
Though the woman who recorded the video has remained anonymous, she said during a July interview with The Times that she was "stunned" and "traumatized" when she saw a person with a penis in the female area of the spa.
She declined to give her name because she said she had been receiving death threats, but chose to appear at the news conference in a bid to seek changes to California’s civil rights law, which forbids businesses to discriminate against gender identity or gender expression — a provision added in 2011.
She said at the time that she had not attended any of the protests and “absolutely” did not want to see anyone harmed. Though the woman could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday, she posted a lengthy video on her Instagram account on Aug. 17 addressing "haters" who accused her of faking the video.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
A Wilmington woman faces OUI charges for the fourth time after she was arrested on Thursday.
“People should see what climate change is doing,” the Biden adviser said.
It could almost have been an ordinary game of cricket: out on the pitch of the national stadium in east Kabul, two star-studded teams batted out a Twenty20 fixture under the morning sunshine. Hundreds of fans had packed into the stands to watch.
A teacher has been arrested after deputies say she was found to be having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
A 54-year-old woman was hit by a ricocheting bullet during the road rage shooting, police said.
via FacebookA lawyer from a prominent legal family in South Carolina was shot in the head Saturday, mere months after his wife and son were shot and killed at their sprawling estate in a murder mystery that has roiled the Deep South.Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer told local outlet The State that his client had been driving on a remote road to Charleston to when his car malfunctioned. He stopped and later was shot in the head, though the circumstances of the attack and the extent of his injuries are not
A 67-year-old Asian man in Harris County, Texas, suffered critical injuries after falling victim to two loose pit bulls that viciously attacked him during a morning walk last week. What happened: The victim, who has not been identified, was strolling in the 4300 block of Queens Retreat Drive when the pair of pit bulls crossed the street to attack him. It took place in the front yard of Elmer Levigne, a former deputy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Larry Cavitt, 68, is charged with first-degree murder after police say he used a 9mm handgun to shoot his relative in the head last Saturday night.
A man charged with attempted murder after firing at Minneapolis police officers in the chaotic protests that followed George Floyd’s death has been acquitted of all charges against him. Jaleel Stallings argued self-defense during his July trial, testifying that he fired at the unmarked white van after he was struck in the chest with what turned out to be a nonlethal rubber bullet fired by police. Stallings, 29, testified that he thought he was being attacked by civilians, had been struck by a bullet and was potentially bleeding out, his attorney, Eric Rice, told The Associated Press on Friday.
Fallout continues for a Cincinnati high school football team. Video surfaced this week showing what police believe may be Western Hills/Dater football players holding down a teammate and pulling his clothes off as he struggles to escape.
The victims, who did not know the shooter, were in a crowd after weather halted the game, according to police.
Family members had apparently tried to have an intervention with the suspect over his mental health and guns, the Salt Lake County sheriff said.
The principal had asked the father's kid to wear a mask and isolate from peers in a school office because of a potential COVID-19 exposure.
Courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police DepartmentA Nevada high school student allegedly broke into a random home and stabbed a man to death last week before returning to class just hours after the murder, authorities said.Police said Ethan Goin, 16, randomly stabbed 48-year-old Vergel Guintu in the neck at his home last Friday after the man went to check on a noise that he heard in the house, according to reports.Guintu’s wife and mother-in-law recounted the grisly scene to Las Vegas Metropol
A Mississippi man freed after nearly 23 years in prison filed a lawsuit Friday against the district attorney who prosecuted him six times in the killings of four people at a small-town furniture store. Curtis Flowers was released in December 2019, about six months after the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the conviction and death sentence from his sixth trial, which took place in 2010. Justices said prosecutors showed an unconstitutional pattern of excluding African American jurors in the trials of Flowers, who is Black.
Dean Lakey, 60, was taken into custody without incident in Currituck, North Carolina. He is being held without bond at the Currituck County Detention Center until his extradition to Henrico County is granted.
Jacquelyn Lee Johnson is accused of violation of oath of public officer and obstruction of a police officer in her handling of the case, the Georgia attorney general announced.
Fresno police say a Selma man is dead hours after he shot his ex-girlfriend in the face on Saturday morning, then kidnapped a mother and her four children and stole their car.
At one point, a plea agreement with 20 days in jail was discussed but prosecutors say the offer was never made.
She was the first person 62-year-old Kevin Strickland wanted to see if he was freed.

source

Book an appointment
Luxor Salon and Spa Shop
Quality and great Salons Abuja
Best massage shop in Abuja
Great stylists Abuja
Affordable and cheap Barber Abuja
Best and Qualitymassage Abuja
stylists and Salon Abuja
Coolest Barberin Abuja