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NLV Shelter Director Accused Of Sexually-Motivated Coercion

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Police say the director of a donation center for a Las Vegas-area women’s shelter is accused of trying to coerce a woman into sex acts in return for signing off on her court-ordered community service.

North Las Vegas police say 59-year-old Benedetto Vitale of Las Vegas was arrested Tuesday on felony lewdness, forgery and sexually-motivated coercion charges after the 24-year-old woman reported the Sunday encounter.

Vitale is suspended as donation center chief at SafeNest, a nonprofit that helps domestic violence victims.

Records show he’s being held at the Las Vegas city jail pending a court appearance.

Spokeswoman Lisa Lynn Chapman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that SafeNest is cooperating with police and investigating whether there are other victims.

Chapman says the allegations are “absolutely against” everything SafeNest stands for.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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