Columbus Attorney Arrested On Sex Charges


UPDATED: Thursday April 11, 2013 12:11 AM

A prominent Columbus attorney was arrested Wednesday night and charged with gross sexual imposition and public indecency.

Javier Armengau, 50, was arrested by Columbus S.W.A.T. officers near his Brewery District office.

He's accused of forcibly fondling and exposing his genitals to a woman during an appointment at his office last Thursday.

"The victim states that she was forcibly fondled and groped by the defendant." Said detective James Ashenhurst with the Columbus Division of Police.

Detective Ashenhurst said Armengau is representing the victim's son in a trial.

"This is gross sexual imposition which is a felony. The victim claims from her statements that she was not able to get away from the suspect." Detective Ashenhurst said.

"Someone in his position, a lot of people are apprehensive about making a complaint because they think that nothing's going to happen or they won't be believed. So definitely admire our victim today for being courageous and coming forth and making this report." Detective Ashenhurst said.

Police are asking other potential victims to come forward and call police.

"We're hoping that maybe some people will contact us and let us know if they have similar allegations." Detective Ashenhurst said.

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