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Man Cleared in 1986 Rape Sentenced in 2 Assaults

An Alhambra man, cleared of raping a prostitute in 1986 after a judge said the case was merely a “breach of contract between a whore and trick,” has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two teen-age girls last summer.

Daniel Zabuski, 30, had originally pleaded not guilty to charges he molested the girls after posing as a talent scout. But Tuesday, the day his trial was to begin in Pasadena Superior Court, he changed his plea to no contest.

If a jury had convicted him of charges including false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation, Zabuski could have faced 14 years in prison, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Mark Collier.

Zabuski walked free five years ago when Pasadena Superior Court Judge Gilbert C. Alston dismissed a rape charge, saying a working prostitute could not be raped.

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