PACIFIC PALISADES—Police are currently asking possible victims who may have been sexually assaulted by a 66-year-old Pacific Palisades man to come forward.
The suspect, Alan Wurtzel, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he reportedly met through the popular online dating website Match.com. His username on the site was “a1an208.” Police believe that Wurtzel connected with the victim and assaulted her inside her residence.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, “The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office ended up filing two counts of felony sexual assault crimes against Wurtzel, who was arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court and has been released on his own recognizance. Wurtzel is a previously convicted sex offender for assaults on women he’d met through Internet personal ads.”
The suspect pleaded not guilty in the Los Angeles Superior Court. He is currently charged with two counts of felony sexual assault by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
“He pleaded not guilty to the charges back in July,” Jane Robison, of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, told Canyon News. “His preliminary hearing is set for September 13 in Downtown L.A.’s Criminal Court Justice Center, in Department 32.”
Robison described Wurtzel’s current charges to Canyon News. “Count one is ‘forcible oral copulation,’ and count two is ‘sexual battery by restraint,'” she stated.
Anyone with further information on this case or any other possible victims of Wurtzel’s alleged assaults is encouraged to contact Officer Justin Malcuit of the LAPD Operations West Bureau Sexual Assault Detail at 213-473-0404 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
During off-hours and weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.