'Cosmo' Bachelor Charged With Rape
Sep. 25, 1998
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) _ A man who was pronounced one of America's most eligible bachelors by Cosmopolitan magazine was charged with drugging a woman and raping her.
Ryan Martin, a 22-year-old model and former nightclub manager who lives with his mother, is accused of giving the woman a green liquid he said was a drink, then attacking her after she fell unconscious at his home.
He pleaded innocent Thursday and was released on $20,000 bail. He could get life in prison.
Martin was featured in Cosmopolitan's summer special issue ``All About Men.'' In an article titled ``America's Most Wanted (Men. That Is),'' the magazine profiled a bachelor from each state and the District of Columbia.
As the bachelor from Massachusetts, Martin was quoted as saying his first-date ``turn on'' was ``a really sweet smile and a nice kiss goodnight.''
``His position is that he didn't force, deceive or use trickery in getting anybody to take any illegal drugs,'' said his lawyer, Anthony Salerno. ``He denied that there was any forced sexual relationship.''
Police said the 23-year-old victim and another woman met Martin at one bar, then went to a bar where he worked, Sir Morgan's Cove. The three were allowed in after closing time.
Martin served alcohol to the two women, then gave them each a small plastic cup containing a green liquid he said was something from a nutrition store, police said.
Both women soon became sleepy and unable to drive. They agreed to stay at Martin's home until they felt better, police said. The next morning, one woman awoke and believed she might have been sexually assaulted.
The state police crime laboratory concluded the victim's blood contained gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a powerful depressant used in numerous sexual assaults across the country.
In a June story in the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Martin said he had been nominated for the Cosmo story by his mother.
Paul Luthringer, a spokesman for Hearst Magazines, the publisher of Cosmo, said Martin was chosen from hundreds of candidates.
``Each candidate was interviewed over the telephone by an editor to gauge their disposition _ to make sure they matched the kind of people that we want to appear in the magazine,'' he said.