By THOMAS BURROWS
- Prostitute Alix Tichelman, 30, was released from prison on March 29
- Completed jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter after she gave Google executive and married father-of-five Forrest Hayes a fatal overdose of heroin
- Federal immigration officials have detained her and she could be deported
- Federal immigration officials have detained a California prostitute after she completed a jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter after she gave a Google executive a fatal overdose of heroin.
She injected Forrest Timothy Hayes, a married father-of-five, with heroin in November 2013 and then left without seeking help when he passed out on his yacht in the Santa Cruz harbor.
Police said Hayes hired Tichelman several times for drug-fueled sex after they met on the website Seeking Arrangement, which pairs ‘sugar babies’ with rich older men or women.
Federal immigration officials have now detained her after she finished her jail term in connection with the accidental heroin overdose.
Santa Cruz sheriff’s officials confirmed they turned over Tichelman to the custody of Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after her release from prison.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel, citing court records, said Tichelman holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada, where she was born.
She could end up being deported.
Santa Cruz County Immigration Project director Doug Keegan said: ‘Anyone with a felony is put in a very special category, and there’s virtually no way of preventing their deportation.’
Although rare, it is possible for a naturalized U.S. citizen to have his or her citizenship stripped through a process called ‘denaturalization.’
Natural-born U.S. citizens may not have their citizenship revoked against their will.
Tichelman pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drugs charges, which resulted in the 2013 death of Forrest Timothy Hayes (pictured)
Tichelman served nearly two years in the Santa Cruz County Jail after she pleaded guilty in May of 2015 to felony involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.
Defense attorney Larry Biggam said Tichelman injected herself with heroin before she injected Hayes, and the drugs clouded her judgement at the time.
Speaking in 2014, he said: ‘This case is about two adults who were engaged in mutual consensual drug usage in the context of a sexual encounter initiated and encouraged by Mr. Hayes. There was no intent to harm or injure, much less kill, Mr. Hayes. Why would she? He was a lucrative source of income to her.
‘To demonize, and sensationalize, and totally blame Alix Tichelman for his death is misplaced, unfair, and simply wrong. She’s like a wounded bird.’
She was seen in a surveillance video gathering her belongings, stepping over Hayes’ body, finishing a glass of wine and lowering a blind before leaving the yacht. His body was discovered the next day. She was arrested eight months later.
Police originally recommended homicide charges.
Several charges were later dropped or reduced by prosecutors, she pleaded guilty before the case went to trial, and a judge sentenced her to serve six years in jail.
Tichelman completed drug rehab programs during her time in jail because she was addicted to heroin.
She grew up in a wealthy, upper-class family but rejected her privileged upbringing.
She became addicted to heroin and turned to high-class prostitution to support herself.
According to her Facebook profile, Tichelman went to high school in Atlanta, Georgia, majored in journalism at Georgia State University, and worked as a dancer, makeup artist, and model.
Her ex-boyfriend, 53-year-old monkey trainer Dean Riopelle, died from a heroin overdose in Georgia two months before Hayes’ death.
His death was ruled as accidental.