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Pure Evil: Rehab Owner Convicted Of Drugging And Sexually Assaulting His Female Patients

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A Los Angeles jury convicted a self-proclaimed "rehab mogul" of sexually assaulting seven female patients at his drug treatment facilities after years of numerous allegations and lawsuits.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said a panel found Christopher Bathum guilty of 31 criminal counts, including forcible rape, sexual penetration by foreign object, forcible oral copulation, and sexual exploitation.

The 56-year-old — who founded and ran 13 Community Recovery treatment centers in Southern California, as well as 6 in Colorado — touted himself as a mentor and father figure to the patients of his facilities.

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He was anything but that, as prosecutors revealed he "preyed" on the young, vulnerable women who came to him for help with their addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Court docs reveal that he showered the women, mostly in their ‘20s and early ‘30s, with gifts like iPhones, the use of company cars, and hotel rooms. He would also hook them up with internships and scholarships to build trust.

This was all a grooming technique, prosecutors said, as Bathum would also supply the women with drugs, including heroin and crystal meth, as they battled addiction, and then would sexually assault them while they were

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