LOS ANGELES, CA – The man who identifies as a female that reportedly sparked the Wi Spa incident that led to protests back in June is apparently a registered sex offender with a history of indecent exposure.
Furthermore, reports indicate he’s also facing criminal charges related to the alleged indecent exposure at Wi Spa back in June.
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) September 2, 2021
A video that went viral back in June relates to an incident that occurred at the Wi Spa back on June 23rd, where the video showcased a woman complaining to Wi Spa staff that a man was in the women’s section of the spa exposing his genitals to women and young girls:
“It’s okay for a man to go into the women’s section, show his penis around the other women, young little girls – underage – in your spa?”
“He is a man – he is a man. He is not no female – he is not a female.”
The woman complaining in the video was telling staff about the incident, which she was seemingly being dismissed and one other male in the spa actually tried to come to the defense of the man reportedly exposing himself in the women’s area:
(Man confronting woman): “Are you talking about a transgender person?”
(Woman recording video): “There ain’t no such thing as transgender, he has a dick. Okay? He has a penis – his penis is hanging out.”
(Man confronting woman): “You’re being a dick.”
(Woman recording video): “Okay, no, I’m not one. Actually, I’m a woman who knows how to stand up and speak up for my rights. As a woman, I have a right to feel comfortable without a man exposing himself, okay?”
The entire ordeal led to heated protests outside of Wi Spa in the days that followed, with reports noting that Antifa-inspired protesters clashed with various women’s rights groups going on into July outside of Wi Spa.
A report from the Los Angeles Blade published on July 7th went so far as to allege the incident was “staged” because “no transgender person can be seen” on the woman’s video, among other subjective elements.
In June a woman alleged a person exposed their penis to women & girls at Wi Spa. Liberal press declared it a transphobic hoax. Story was supposed to go away but I investigated & found charges were discreetly filed. The suspect is a registered sex offender. https://t.co/8p3w5dvGvk
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 2, 2021
However, it turns out that there was someone who allegedly exposed themselves at the Wi Spa on the day of the incident who is now facing criminal charges. Furthermore, the individual facing charges is also a registered sex offender, identified as 52-year-old Darren Agee Merager.
On August 30th, following an investigation by the LAPD, five felony counts of indecent exposure were filed against Merager.
Sources say that four women and a minor girl came forward to authorities and alleged that Merager was exposed and erect while in the women’s section of the spa back in June.
On top of these charges related to the June incident, Merager is also facing six felony charges of indecent exposure over a separate incident that occurred back in December of 2018.
Prosecutors say that Merager has exposed himself to both women and children in a changing area at a swimming pool in West Hollywood Park.
After police arrested Merager in 2018 for the aforementioned incident, an internal flyer from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that was shared with law enforcement agencies in southern California inquiring whether other “similar incidents” involving the suspect read as follows:
“Darren Merager was arrested on 12/30/2018 for an indecent exposure incident in which he exposed himself to women and children in the women’s locker room of West Hollywood Park.
Merager claims to identify as female so he can access women’s locker rooms and showers. Merager is a registered sex offender and a transient with family in Marina Del Rey. Please contact Det. Simpson with any similar incidents.”
Merager has previous convictions of indecent exposure from 2002 and 2003 in California and was also convicted of failing to register as a sex offender back in 2008.
Merager was also sentenced to prison for four years back in 2014 after pleading no contest to a burglary charge where he stole “millions of dollars in artwork, jewelry, wine, and a Porsche from the Santa Monica home,” according to reports.
Still a he now, lol.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) September 2, 2021
Merager spoke with the New York Post about the Wi Spa incident, claiming that the woman who filmed her interaction with Wi Spa employees never saw him naked:
“She never saw me naked. I was underwater with water all the way up to my chest.”
The repeat felon and convicted sex offender claims that he was the victim in the Wi Spa incident, proclaiming that he was subjected to sexual harassment and transphobia.
He claims that his cases involving indecent exposure from both Wi Spa and West Hollywood Park show a “pattern of abuse” against men who identify as women because when men disrobe around women and children “people simply claim indecent exposure and you’re arrested.”
Merager says he’s also trying to have the laws changed in California so that he and other men can go into areas designed for women and expose themselves with impunity:
“If you go into an area where you’re expected to be nude, there has to be an indecent exposure exemption.”
The convicted sex offender said that he’s been in contact with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office after learning about his warrant and has plans to turn himself in.
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Los Angeles spa protest turns violent thanks to radicals after alleged transgender exposure incident
(Originally published July 3rd, 2021)
LOS ANGELES, CA- A protest in support of a woman who complained to staff at a Los Angeles spa about being exposed to a man claiming he was a woman turned violent on Saturday when radical LGBT activists showed up to counter-protest, Fox News reports.
The incident in question occurred last week, when the man who claimed to be a woman exposed himself to children, teens and adults in the women’s area of the spa. This occurred at the Wi Spa on Wilshire Boulevard in downtown LA.
The group in support of the woman showed up to protest in front of the spa, however they were soon accosted by LGBT activists who showed up at the scene, video from FOX Los Angeles showed.
In a bizarre showing for a group of LGBT protesters, some showed up wearing masks, flak vests and carrying weapons. Others just waved signs and flags.
Another video showed a mob of people clad in dark clothes and masks (aka Antifa) with some wearing vests reading “PRESS” (another Antifa tactic) mock and chase a man down the street.
The man, wearing a t-shirt that read “Obey Jesus” was tracked down and punched at least one from behind. Subsequent photos showed the man with blood running down his face.
MyNewsLA reported that police had not yet declared an unlawful assembly as of 1:00 p.m. PDT.
“We’re just monitoring the situation. We’re aware individuals that have been injured and we’re investigating that,” said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD Media Relation Section in an initial statement.
The presence of Antifa was confirmed by the outlet, reporting that so-called “trans rights” supporters with the anarchist group SoCal Antifa had showed up a couple hours earlier for a “No Bigotry in L.A.” counter-rally.
MyNewsLA also reported the Antifa anarchists getting violent, assaulting and spraying the peaceful protesters at the spa, spraying them with an unidentified substance, pushing them, punching them and ordering them to leave the area. Several of the black-clad thugs could be heard cursing at the protesters, telling them to “get the (expletive) out.”
The outlet said the man with the “Obey Jesus” shirt was struck twice in the head with a skateboard. They thugs continued following the man down a sidewalk, taunting him until he reached the safety of a police officer.
In addition to that man, at least two others were seen being pushed and beaten by the Antifa mob, both while lying on the ground.
At least one man, who appeared to be swinging nunchucks at the group was arrested by police. In another incident, one of the anti-trans protesters apparently struck a female LGBT protester in the head with a bottle after she had first charged him.
LAPD officers in riot helmets showed up at the scene in an attempt to keep the two groups separated, however only enjoyed sporadic success.
In another typical Antifa tactic, a dumpster was dragged into the middle of the street and set afire. Fox News reported that much of the action occurred in the middle of traffic withs some impatient drivers laying on their horns and otherwise trying to avoid the situation.
Fox News reported that as the incident digressed into chaos, an unlawful assembly was declared however officers had difficulty restoring order as separate fights broke out on several occasions.
Officer Lopez later told Fox that no arrests had been made, however at least five crimes had been reported to police involving at least five separate victims.
“Three of them were victims of assault and battery, and the other two were assault with a deadly weapon,” Lopez said.
Police were looking for multiple suspects, he added.
The bad news for the victims is that being in Los Angeles, feckless District Attorney George Gascon will probably drop charges against anyone arrested.
This all came about in response to complaints about the spa’s transgender policy after the woman complained about the man being in the woman’s section. The woman, who was rightfully concerned was captured on a video that was posted to Instagram.
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While it is difficult to make out what the employee said in response due to the Plexiglass shield and face mask, it appears that she told the woman complaining that the customer was protected by California law.
Another customer berated the employee, demanding a refund and telling her she won’t be returning to the spa.
Other customers got verbally involved in the dispute, with one bystander asking the woman if she was “talking about a transgender person.”
“There is no such thing as transgender,” she replied. “He has a d*ck,” to which the man replies that she was “being a d*ck.”
Fox News said that while California’s anti-discrimination law protects transgender individuals, there is no tolerance for “lewd conduct.”
In a statement, the spa wrote:
“As a spa located in Los Angeles, Wi Spa complies with California law prohibiting discrimination by a business, including the Civil Code provision set forth above,” the statement read. “Like many other metropolitan areas, Los Angeles contains a transgender population, some of whom enjoy visiting a spa. Wi Spa strives to meet the needs and safety of all of its customers and does not tolerate harassment or lewd conduct by any customer, regardless of their sex, gender or other characteristic.”
Some in the LGBT community condemned the actions of the man claiming to be a woman, including Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce, who is a lesbian.
“My concern here is that the average transgender person, and I have perhaps more transgender friends than some of the people watching the program, they are also appalled,” Bruce told host Tucker Carlson on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“This is not what anybody wants for somebody who is going through the complicated experience of changing their gender, that’s a serious dynamic and the last thing you need or you’re looking for is a confirmation of using a bathroom or walking in front of a bunch of women and girls to confirm your identity.”
Bruce then went on to speak about the individual that exposed himself:
“That is a jerk who goes and does that. That is not someone who was looking at their identity and handling situations appropriately,” Bruce said.
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