May 9, 2000
By Richard Zitrin
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (APBnews.com)
-- A 45-year-old man was arrested
Monday and charged with paying
women $10 an hour to participate in a
fake study of the female orgasm, police said.
Anthony Lasirena placed ads in the local
newspaper, the Coloradoan, and
the Colorado State University newspaper, the Rocky Mountain Collegian, to
solicit subjects for the phony sex research project he conducted at his
home, Fort Collins police spokeswoman Rita Davis said. The ads ran from
March 29 to April 14, she said.
He told women who responded to the ads
that he worked for a firm,
Research Associates, which apparently does not exist, Davis said.
"Lasirena claimed the research was to
identify potential physiological
changes in women before and after the G-spot orgasm," Davis said.
Lasirena told APBnews.com today that
his attorney advised him not to
Women felt 'violated'
After having the women fill out surveys
and waiver forms at his home, he
conducted physical examinations on the women's breasts and genitals and
used a surgical pen to mark various areas on the body, Davis said. He then
took photographs of the women's bodies and performed the same process
after they reached orgasm, she said.
Lasirena allegedly offered the women
alcohol to help them relax. He also
offered to help the women reach orgasm if they were unable to do so
through self-stimulation, Davis said.
A search warrant turned up records that
led police to four women -- ages
18, 19, 20 and 41 -- who participated in the phony sex survey, she said.
Police believe there is a fifth victim, but she has not been contacted.
"[They] are feeling very violated and
very betrayed by the misrepresentation
of the individual," Davis said.
Cop poses as subject
The fake study was uncovered after a
Fort Collins woman who responded
to one of Lasirena's newspaper ads had contacted police because she felt
the project was not legitimate, she said.
A police officer posing as a potential
subject for the study confirmed the
woman's suspicions after talking with Lasirena, Davis said.
Lasirena, who is on disability for a
psychological disorder, is charged with
criminal impersonation, providing alcohol to minors and sexual exploitation
of a child. The sexual exploitation charge stems from child pornography
police found at his home, she said.
He is free on $10,000 bond pending his
first court appearance today,
according to a spokeswoman for the Larimer County Detention Center.
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