Edward Justin La Porte, Ex-Cop-Turned Fake Massage "Inspector," Gets Unhappy Ending
La Porte walked into Golden Spa on Muirlands Boulevard in late January 2011 and told the manager he was making a spot inspection due to customer complaints. His gear and demeanor looked legit, so the manager complied.
By the time a female masseuse walked into the massage room, La Porte was already naked and face down on the table. After getting his back rubbed, the fake cop flipped over and demanded that she continue on his front side.
That request was denied.
Edward Justin La Porte, Ex-Cop Accused of Pulling Fake Massage-Parlor Check and Getting Free Rubdown While Naked, May Have Hit More Shops
The manager told La Porte Golden Spa is not that kind of spa. The supposed inspector then dressed, retrieved his clipboard and resumed looking around before eventually demanding $200 for his services while paying nothing for the rubdown.
The manager found this really beyond the norm and called the city licensing department to inquire about complaints against his business. There were none, responded a city official who then rushed over to confront La Porte.
The ex-cop told the city official he didn't have to explain himself to anyone before running over to his car and driving off. But a masseuse got into her car, followed him and got his license-plate number, which was forwarded to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Another South County Massage Parlor Stung by Fake Cop
Vice investigators served a search warrant at La Porte's Ladera Drive home and found handcuffs, a metal clipboard, a loaded 9 mm handgun in a holster and two loaded ammunition clips. The badge was from the police force in Arlington Heights, which is about 25 miles outside Chicago and where La Porte was an officer from 1997 to 2001.
His real occupation at the time of his arrest was "security," so La Porte was booked on suspicion of burglary and impersonating a police officer. He spent a night in jail. Besides being sentenced to six more months there, the judge today gave La Porte three years of probation after he copped to to one felony count of second degree commercial burglary, two misdemeanor counts of misrepresenting oneself as a peace officer, and one felony count each of having a concealed firearm on a defendant's person, and carrying a loaded firearm in public.
Hopefully, La Porte will emerge from this shameful experience a better man, ready to get on with a life of rich spiritual fulfillment. But should he again require legal services, we have a recommendation: Ellen Anise Rowland.