The City Attorney’s Office announced on June 1 that a Los Angeles talent agent/actor was charged with sexual abuse involving a 16 year-old aspiring model. Deputy City Attorney Lara Schwartz is prosecuting the case.
Yoshitomo Kaneda, 45, was charged with six criminal counts, including child molestation, sexual battery, sexual penetration by a foreign object, false imprisonment and dissuading a witness.
“No business, including the entertainment business, can tolerate persons who prey upon vulnerable and trusting clients,” said City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. “Talent agents, actors and others who violate that trust and engage in such egregious acts will be prosecuted to the utmost.”
Charges against Kaneda stem from an incident on Feb. 22, when he allegedly sexually abused an aspiring model, who was attending his acting/modeling school, after taking her to his apartment to teach her Japanese. At his apartment, Kaneda allegedly gave the victim a massage and sexually molested her. Following the alleged incident, he allegedly left several incriminating messages on the voicemails of both the mother and manager of the victim.
The case is set for pretrial on June 7 in the Los Angeles Superior Court. If convicted, Kaneda faces a maximum sentence of 2 years in jail.
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