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No charges in Adelman case

October 10, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to file charges against a former high-ranking Los Angeles city official who was under police investigation for allegedly raping a woman at his downtown condominium, authorities said

Andrew Adelman, former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, was placed on administrative leave in August. Several weeks ago, Adelman tendered his resignation.

According to an affidavit, the woman told police she was drugged and that she awoke the morning after a July 10 pub crawl with friends as she was being sexually assaulted by a man she later identified as Adelman.

Prosecutors cited several factors for their decision not to seek charges. They included a surveillance video and an interview with a cab driver, neither of which suggested that the woman appeared to have been drugged.

Authorities also said a drug test came up negative for a variety of substances, though too much time had passed to allow screening for typical date rape drugs.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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