- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A longtime suburban Philadelphia defense attorney has taken the stand in his own defense on charges that he raped an unconscious client at her apartment.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/2kDpBhc ) reports that Vincent Cirillo Jr. says the August 2015 encounter with the 22-year-old woman was consensual.

He testified Monday in Montgomery County that the two had what he called a “likable relationship” and started drinking beer after he came over to discuss legal matters. The woman said she believed she was drugged.

Cirillo, the son of a late Superior Court judge, previously pleaded guilty in the case but withdrew the plea when he was scheduled for sentencing in December. He’s also facing charges in another case in which he’s accused of impersonating his accuser’s lawyer to obtain her confidential records.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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