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Hermosa Beach treasurer scandal: Masseuse claims she was assaulted

Hermosa Beach Treasurer David Cohn is seen in this undated file photo.

November 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A masseuse accused of stealing from Hermosa Beach Treasurer David Cohn has denied the allegation, instead saying that she is the victim of an assault.

Cohn claims Yuritsi Maria Garcia, 26, stole his iPad after he cut his massage session short.

But in an interview with The Daily Breeze, Garcia said Cohn propositioned her for sex and then assaulted her when she refused. She reportedly said Cohn voluntarily gave her the device.

Garcia and her boyfriend were later arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from Cohn in exchange for deleting the contents of his iPad.