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P.B. man accused of raping unconscious disabled woman

PINE CONE STAFF REPORT

Published: March 13, 2009

A PEBBLE Beach man turned himself in to Seaside authorities last week after Pacific Grove police obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Thomas Pollacci, 49, whose family owns Ron’s Liquors on Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove, and who has frequently manned the counter there, is suspected of raping a woman and then leaving her at the hospital with a head injury nearly a year ago.

The complaint, filed in Monterey County Superior Court by deputy district attorney Cristina Johnson in late February, accuses Pollacci of forcible rape of a woman too mentally disabled to give legal consent and who was unconscious at the time. The alleged crime occurred April 21, 2008, and carries three separate charges, all felonies.

Police tracked down Pollacci after he reportedly left the woman at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula with a head injury. In the following months, they gathered evidence — including having forensics specialists sweep the Lighthouse Avenue liquor store where he works — and interviewed the victim, who is not from the area.

Neither officers, nor the district attorney’s office, would reveal any further details of the case. Pollacci, who police said is a registered sex offender, is set to appear in a Salinas courtroom at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, for his arraignment.