Hermosa Beach treasurer David Cohn found himself in bawdy talk-show territory late last year after alleging to police that a topless masseuse stole his iPad 2 and tried to extort $6,000 from him in exchange for promising that she wouldn't leak government information contained on the device. The topless masseuse, in turn, alleged that Cohn had given her the iPad — and assaulted her when she refused to perform a sex act.
She has been charged with extortion after an investigation by Hermosa Beach police, and Hermosa City Councilmen Patrick "Kit" Bobko and Michael DiVirgilio have asked city manager Tom Bakaly to suspend Cohn until the L.A. County Sheriff's Department completes its investigation of the masseuse's assault complaint against Cohn.
But Bakaly refused to suspend the city treasurer, and the Hermosa Beach City Council ignored Bobko when he came to it for backing at a mid-December meeting. Cohn had stopped coming to his office, but he appeared at that meeting to insist that he can function fine despite the two investigations, and that no sensitive information was leaked before the iPad was recovered. Hermosa police won't say either way.