Guardian reports on Trial for alleged drink spiking andrape of 16-year-old

An Italian policeman used the host-a-traveller website Couchsurfing.com to lure young women to his home where he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted them, according to people familiar with the case and the alleged victims.

Dino Maglio, a 35-year-old who lives in Padua and went by the name of Leonardo on his Couchsurfing profile, is facing trial in March accused of raping an Australian woman, who was 16 at the time of the alleged attack and was travelling with her mother and sister. According to prosecutors, he has admitted to drugging her with a tranquilliser and having intercourse even though he knew she was a minor.

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