Zoloft defense fails in Calif. cop's rape case
This photo taken April 13,2010 Anthony Orban sits in a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom during a bail hearing. / Joshua Sudock,AP Photo/The Orange County Register
(AP) RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - A California jury on Tuesday found that a former police detective who blamed the antidepressant Zoloft for his behavior was sane when he abducted and raped a waitress at gunpoint.
Jurors delivered their findings in the case of 32-year-old Anthony Nicholas Orban in San Bernardino County Superior Court, according to the district attorney's office.
Jurors previously convicted the former Westminster police detective of raping a waitress in a brutal attack that began outside a mall in 2010.
Prosecutors say the off-duty officer used his service weapon to force the woman to drive to a self-storage lot, where he sexually assaulted her and shoved a gun in her mouth. The woman escaped when Orban was distracted by an incoming cellphone call, prosecutors said.
Orban's attorney had argued that his client could not be held responsible for his actions because he was taking the antidepressant Zoloft, which had rendered him effectively unconscious at the time of the attack.
Orban, who served in the Marines in Iraq, had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to eight counts, including kidnapping and rape. He will now be scheduled to appear before a judge for a sentencing hearing, and could face a life sentence.
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