Highland Park Man Pleads in Plot to Silence Rape Victim

By EGP News Report

The owner of Las Casas Realty in Highland Park pleaded no contest to conspiracy to obstruct justice in a plot to prevent a rape victim from testifying against the businessman’s son, the District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

The no contest pleas to the felony charge by real estate broker George Izquierdo, 64, and a man who worked for him in 2006, Camilo Valentin, 36, brings an end to a case that began seven years ago, after a rape victim who began testifying against Izquierdo’s son disappeared during a preliminary hearing in 2005.

According to the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, the un-named female victim was taken to Las Vegas and given money to keep her from further testifying against 26-year-old Alex Javier Izquierdo, who was charged with raping and torturing her.

Izquierdo, Valentin and private investigator Bradley Gregory Miller, 51, were arrested and charged in June 2006 with conspiracy to obstruct justice, a felony.

Alex Javier Izquierdo later pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of making criminal threats and was sentenced on Feb. 5, 2009 to 22 years in state prison.

Miller, who earlier pleaded no contest to all four counts, including one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and three counts of offering to bribe a witness, is scheduled to be sentenced May 17. His maximum sentence for all the counts is five years in county jail.

George Izquierdo and Valentin are scheduled to be sentenced May 22. They each face a maximum three years in county jail.

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