Lawyer accused of threatening rape victim with deportation

Claudine Rigal
Мая 25, 2017

On Tuesday, a defense attorney was arrested for obstruction of justice and witness intimidation after allegedly offering a rape victim $3,000 not to testify and threatening her with deportation if she chose to move forward.

Vasiliades was jailed after his arrest on Tuesday and faces 12 charges, including witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.

He also reportedly told the victim and witness that instead of testifying, they should take the money, then "find [Aguilar-Delossantoso] and wear him out", and "if we were back home where I'm from, from Greece... we would go **** him up, that's it, if you want to do that, that's fine".

Additionally, Vasilades suggested that rather than proceeding with the trial, the victim and her husband could simply beat up his client. "He's an (expletive), I think you should find him and kick his (expletive), personally".

The investigation into Vasiliades began back in April, when he is accused of contacting the victim his client, Mario Aguilar-Delossantoso, is accused of raping, along with a witness in the case.

Aguilar-Delosantos, of the unit block of South Broadway in Fells Point, is charged with second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, and second-degree assault. Vasiliades said he was "very sorry and could offer compensation if they did not come to court and testify against him" The indictment says, "Vasiliades and Rodriguez indicated that the monetary compensation would help ensure that [they] would not be deported". He remains free on bond, and his trial has been delayed until August 24 as the result of Vasiliades' arrest.

According to the indictment, the attorney and interpreter called the husband to say his wife's case had become "more complicated", and the couple agreed to meet with the men.

Fortunately, the conversation was recorded by law enforcement and an arrest warrant was issued for Vasiliades, as well as a man purported to be his translator, Edgar Ivan Rodriguez. In the first three months of the Trump administration, immigration arrests spiked 38 percent compared to the same period past year.

Under the Trump administration, ICE has regularly detained undocumented immigrants after staking out courthouses where they know they'll be testifying. He also offered to pay them is they didn't show up to court and dropped the charges.

Rodriguez told the woman ICE officials would ask for her immigration documents.

"They're going to ask, 'You have your documents?'" Rodriguez was recorded saying, according to the indictment.

In an online profile, Vasiliades is described as an "aggressive trial attorney dedicated to client service", according to the Baltimore Sun.

Christos Vasiliades formed his own law firm in 2015, and also is listed as a founding partner of a title company called Olympus Title.

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