STATEN ISLAND -- Date Rape -- as a legal strategy.
It’s in the headlines , featured in two very different cases, both of them involving strip club staffers.
Linden, New Jersey police officer Pedro Abad’s lawyer now says he client, who left the Curves strip club on Staten Island back in March and drove the wrong way causing a fatal crash, may have been drugged by one of the strippers.
"If we can prove he was on GHB at the time there's a very good possibility we can dismiss the case,” said Abad’s lawyer, Mario Gallucci.
Abad’s blood alcohol level was indeed three times over the legal limit when he crashed, killing both a fellow police officer, and a friend who were inside his Honda Civic.
Abad’s partner was seriously injured, but survived.
Meantime, in Manhattan, a former masseuse at the well-known strip club Scores is denying she took part in a scheme to drug wealthy customers before allegedly fleecing them of their cash.
“If a man, if i felt like a man date raped me, I would never go near him again,” Karina Pascucci said.
Pascucci, who shared her story with Crime Watch Daily earlier Thursday, was arrested in June of 2014, but fearing the prospect of serious time behind bars, says she reluctantly accepted a plea deal admitting fraud and conspiracy.
She’ll spend four months in jail, serving her time over 16 weekends.
“Hopefully it goes as smooth as possible. I will have five years’ probation,” Pascucci said.
As for Officer Abad, his future is uncertain, and he is due back in court in December.