— A San Diego hotel room was the scene of a Super Bowl rape by Denver Broncos defensive coach John Teerlinck, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Colorado last week by an Arizona woman said to be seeking $5 million from the team. Shelley McClain of Scottsdale says she knew Teerlinck as a friend and lover for 15 years and that he had promised her tickets to this year's Super Bowl. When she arrived here on January 18 to pick up the tickets, McClain alleges, she and the coach went to dinner, during which he had 10 to 15 beers. According to the filing, Teerlinck later came to McClain's room with the tickets and passed out on the bed. McClain says she then went to sleep, and during the night Teerlinck "physically assaulted and raped" her, forcing her to have oral sex by grabbing her throat. McClain claims that Teerlinck violated the 1994 federal Violence Against Women act. The suit also names the Broncos, claiming that the team was "aware or should have been aware" of Teerlinck's "reputation for alcohol abuse and violence." According to an account in the Denver Post, San Diego Police detective Harold Eisenga said he looked into the story after getting a rape report from McClain but concluded "there is not strong evidence at this point to support a criminal charge." Eisenga also told the paper that McClain's lawyer had sent a letter to the Broncos demanding $5 million. The case has been referred to the district attorney here for a final decision on whether to prosecute.

Just another scam in paradise

A securities trader from Scripps Ranch who ripped off the state of Oklahoma in an elaborate kickback scheme concocted with the help of a deputy state treasurer and then lammed it to Costa Rica for nearly three years before he was tracked down by the FBI, has been sentenced to almost six years in prison and ordered to repay $3.8 million in restitution. Patrick Joseph Kuhse, 43, was working for Planners Independent Management, Inc., of Rancho Bernardo in 1991 when he conspired with Oklahoma deputy state treasurer Patricia Whitehead and an Oklahoma businessman to skim profits from investment trades he was making for the state. Whitehead, who had worked for two years at Planners Independent Management before moving to Oklahoma to take a job from her friend, then-Oklahoma treasurer Claudette Henry, is serving a nine-year term after being found guilty of taking bribes from Kuhse. As deputy state treasurer, she steered more than $1 billion in trades to Kuhse, who then kicked back more than $1.2 million in commissions to Whitehead and her businessman friend. Kuhse will serve his time in a California prison to be closer to his wife and two children.

Better luck next time

The controversy over those deadly Tijuana-made kidney dialysis units isn't over. Gambro Healthcare, the Denver-based operator of the Tijuana maquiladora that makes tubing for the dialysis machines, has expanded its recall of the devices after two more deaths were reported in Alabama and New Jersey. The toll now stands at four deaths and 44 illnesses, all linked to the defective tubing that causes destruction of red blood cells. The company originally projected a recall of between 1000 and 2000 sets; it now expects to get back as many as 340,000 ... Rancho Santa Fe's John Mabee, former head of Golden Eagle Insurance, is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, according to a report in the Journal of Commerce. The look-see is said to involve Mesa Re, Golden Eagle's off-shore reinsurance subsidiary that played a big role in the state's successful effort to topple Mabee from control of the insurer. "There are no IRS charges that would stand up in court,'' Mabee told the Journal last week ... U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist has turned down a request from San Diego African-American lawyer Randy Jones to discuss why the court doesn't have more minority clerks. "I have no control, nor would I seek to assert any control, over the hiring practices of my eight colleagues," Rehnquist wrote Jones, president of the National Bar Association, which represents 17,000 black attorneys.

Contributor: Matt Potter

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