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Man accused of drugging, raping girlfriend’s daughter
December 18, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Paul Messersmith

A 47-year-old Pacifica man drugged his girlfriend’s teen daughter with sleeping medication, including a pill hidden in a bowl of ice cream, so that he could fondle and rape her, according to prosecutors.

Paul David Messersmith was arrested after the 18-year-old girl told her mother, and then police, that on Dec. 11 she found a piece of pill in some ice cream he gave her after a driving lesson and was told the chunk was likely “an additive.” The girl said she grew woozy and laid on the couch with slurred speech when Messersmith pulled off her pajama bottoms and touched her. She said after waking up from a blackout, he carried her to a bedroom and raped her.

During a police interview the following day, the girl shared another incident where she ingested something odd tasting that Messersmith had given her and blacked out. The girl said she awoke to find herself in a hotel room with him fondling her chest but did not tell anyone out of concern for her mother’s relationship with him, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The police discovered the drug Messersmith allegedly used was Zolpidem, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Zolpidem is typically better known by brand names like Ambien.

At his initial arraignment, Messersmith asked for a court-appointed attorney and put off a plea until Dec. 24. He is charged with forcible rape, rape by using an intoxicating substance, sexual penetration, sexual battery and battery.

If convicted, he faces life in prison because of the rape by intoxication charge, Wagstaffe said.

He remains in custody without bail.


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