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Man Sues Manhattan Beach After Being Falsely Targeted In Gay Sex Sting

22-year-old Charles Samuel Couch is suing the city of Manhattan Beach, California following an undercover beach restroom sex sting operation that resulted in Couch being arrested, falsely accused of seeking out gay sex, and his picture being posted on the city's website. 

To top it all off, Couch was actually only in the beach bathroom because he was assisting a special needs child.

CBS LA reports: 

Couch said on March 9, 2012, he was helping a 14-year-old boy — identified in the lawsuit as D.K. — with Prader-Willi Syndrome. It’s a rare, genetic disorder that leaves the person who has it with diminished functions of the sexual organs, arrested sexual development. constant hunger and mental challenges. Other symptoms include obesity and reduced muscle tone.

Couch said as he waited for D.K. to finish using the facilities, an undercover detective (now identified as John Nasori) entered the stall next to the one D.K. was using.

The child said he was being stared at through a hole in the stall and Couch said he decided to leave with the boy.

Couch’s San Francisco-based attorney, Bruce Nickerson, said “The child bursts from the stall, runs up to my client and says ‘There’s a man looking at me.’”

At this time, he maintains the undercover officer followed him and detained him along with four other detectives, all in plain clothes.

Couch said he was “knocked to the ground, I had my hands put behind my back. I had some men put their knees on the back of my knees so I couldn’t move my legs. They had me in a choke hold to subdue me.”

He was ultimately taken to jail and then questioned.

During interrogation, Couch was accused of gay cruising and child endangerment.

After police called D.K.’s parents and confirmed that the child had Prader-Willi Syndrome, Couch says, he was released without charges being filed.

“His parents did vouch for me,” says Couch, “they told police I was his caregiver and there was absolutely nothing wrong going on in this situation. And still, police continued to badger me. They wouldn’t take any other answers.”

Couch said he was violated months later — and “shocked and horrified” — to see his photo published on the Daily Breeze website, in a story about the sting operation.

“I’ve been working with special needs kids for several years and I’ve built very close relationships with the parents. So to have someone make these type of allegations it just does a huge blow to your character,” Couch said.

 

Beyond the inherent shadiness of a police sting operation, it's way over-the-top that Couch's photo was published without any just cause. 

And what was up with that undercover cop staring at a CHILD as he used the bathroom??

Does Couch have a strong case against the city of Manhattan Beach, Instincters?

 

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