Portland police want to know if a former Rite Aid employee who allegedly raped a customer he accused of shoplifting in 2015 victimized other people, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.
Daniel Luis Cassinelli, 43, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court on four counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy. He listed both Vancouver and Portland addresses in court records.
Cassinelli declined to comment during a phone call Thursday with a reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Investigators said Cassinelli worked as a loss prevention officer at a Portland Rite Aid in 2015 when he allegedly accused a woman of shoplifting, walked her into a secluded room downstairs and raped her. Cassinelli then escorted the woman back upstairs and allowed her to leave, investigators said.
Cassinelli has worked in loss prevention at multiple businesses in Portland since 2015, and the district attorney’s office statement said detectives want to interview other possible victims. They ask anyone with information to contact Portland Police Bureau Detective Brendan McGuire at 503-823-0869 or at Brendan.McGuire@police.portlandoregon
Cassinelli was released Wednesday after posting 10% of his $25,000 bail amount. He is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 14, court records show.
— Catalina Gaitán; email@example.com; @catalinagaitan_
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