Strip club owner accused of trying to destroy evidence in sex assault case
MILWAUKEE -- CBS 58 News has exclusively obtained court records that explain why police believe a former strip club owner accused of sex assault may be a flight risk. These documents also explain why it took three years for this case to be prosecuted.
Recently an hour long video tape of the alleged sex assaults surfaced and the case was reopened. Lalicata was released on $10,000 cash bond. Prosecutors want to increase Lalicata's bond significantly. They filed a motion that claims he's a potential flight risk because of the seriousness of the charges and because he tried to destroy evidence in the case.
According to the criminal complaint, LaLicata met up with his friend Larena DeLeon and her girlfriends at a Wauwatosa bar on June 1, 2010. The alleged sexual assault victims told police LaLicata brought the group of girls to the strip club he owned at the time called Crazy Horse. Witnesses say LaLicata bought drinks for the girls from the time they met at the Wauwatosa bar.
Two 20-year-old women say LaLicata pulled them into a VIP room, and began trying to force them into sex acts. Officials say the women were highly intoxicated and tried to resist the attacks. The criminal complaint alleged LaLicata eventually had sex with one of the girls when she was passed out. One girl told police she overheard him telling DeLeon he didn't want this incident to get out.
The sexual assault case was investigated three years ago, but was dismissed due to lack of evidence. New court documents obtained by CBS 58 indicate LaLicata tried to intimidate one victim into giving false information to investigators.
Officials say Lalicata instructed an employee to destroy the video tape depicting the crimes. That person did not comply and told someone else about it. Recently the tape made it's way to West Allis Police and the case was reopened.
Lalicata is facing up to 126 years in prison if he's convicted of all charges against him.