Feb. 18: Robert G. Castillo II, known around Asheville as DJ Rob, has been arrested and charged with secretly videotaping another person for sexual purposes. The charge is a felony.
An arrest warrant shows that Castillo, 42, of Asheville was charged on Jan. 23. He was arrested Feb. 7.
The arrest warrant states that Castillo “did secretly and for the purpose of arousing his sexual desire, use a device that can be used to create a photographic image with the intent to capture the image without the persons consent.” The charge is generally applied to someone who secretly videotapes another person for sexual purposes.
The warrant lists the date of the actual offense as the night of Oct. 4, 2013. The sex offense occurred at Castillo’s home, according to a police incident report. The victim was a white female, according to the report.
I interviewed the victim in this case Tuesday afternoon. I’m keeping her name confidential, and I don’t plan on reporting any other details of the case at this time so as not to interfere with the ongoing investigation. But the victim in this case wants people to know – women, especially – that declaring yourself a victim of a sex crime is a difficult and trying circumstance. She’s been afraid to go out of her home since she reported the incident. She’s heard rumors, and she’s faced very personal questions. She said she knows that many women don’t want to file a report with police, or face the prospect of appearing in court. She also understands that sometimes lines can be blurry in sex assault cases, but she stresses that it’s never OK for a person to have sex with another without their consent. She said she wants people to be vigilant.
An Asheville Police Department spokesman declined comment, citing an ongoing investigation. I’ve left a message with Castillo seeking comment.
Castillo has played music at Asheville venues such as Broadway’s and Ben’s Tune-Up. He’s also worked as a bartender around town.
UPDATE Feb. 19: To commenters’ points, I corrected the location reference in the last paragraph, and lest there be any doubt, let me be clear that these criminal charges are allegations at this point. I think that’s self-explanatory, but the case will work its way through the system, will be adjudicated, and I will follow its course.
UPDATE Feb. 20: I think folks have had plenty of time to register opinion. Time to close it down. I’m shutting off comment on this post.