A 62 year-old Sherman Oaks man has been arrested in connection with three sexual assaults that occurred over a period of four years. Police say that Michael Leslie Bernback, a business owner who once appeared on Millionaire Matchmaker, sexually assaulted three women between March 2014 and August 2015, after drugging them.
Defendant claims sexual assaults were consensual encounters
Bernback was arraigned in Van Nuys in September on eight felonies related to the sexual assaults, including attempted sodomy by use of force, forcible oral copulation, forcible rape, rape by use of drugs, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object and two separate counts of administering a drug to commit rape. Bernback was also charged with three misdemeanor drug possession charges involving MDMA, GHB and cocaine.
Police allege that Bernback, who owns an Encino golf course, administered drugs to the women, and bound and assaulted one of the victims, leading to the sexual assaults complaint against him. Bernback says he met the women on dating websites and claims that the sexual encounters were all consensual. If convicted on all counts, Bernback faces up to life in prison.
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