LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THREE WOMEN IN LAGUNA BEACH RUG STORE

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # TBA





Septemeber 6, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405

LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THREE WOMEN IN LAGUNA BEACH RUG STORE

*Defendant is also charged with showing pornography to a minor

 

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) are seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a registered sex offender charged with sexually assaulting three women, including forcibly raping one, and showing pornography to a minor in a Laguna Beach rug store. Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 53, Laguna Niguel, is charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and distributing pornography to a minor with a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing a sexual offense against more than one victim. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in state prison. Maralan is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned today, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

 

Jane Doe #1

Maralan manages a rug store, Sirous and Sons, in Laguna Beach. On April 10, 2010, 40-year-old Jane Doe #1 went to the rug store as a customer with her mother. While the victim’s mother filled out paperwork at the front of the store, Maralan is accused of leading Jane Doe #1 to the back of the store and into a small closet. He is accused of grabbing and kissing the victim and then pulling his pants down to his ankles. As Jane Doe #1 turned to get away and had her back to the defendant, Maralan is accused of pulling down the victim’s pants, grabbing her buttocks, and pushing his penis against her buttocks in an attempt to rape her. Jane Doe #1 was able to push the defendant away from behind her, and Maralan is accused of then digitally penetrating the victim. He is accused of turning Jane Doe #1 to face him, pulling down her shirt to expose a breast, and licking and sucking the victim’s breast and nipple. The victim was able to pull away and Maralan is accused of masturbating toward Jane Doe #1 and ejaculating. Jane Doe #1 reported the sexual assault to LBPD that day.

 

Jane Doe #2

Jane Doe #2, 23, was an employee in Maralan’s store. On May 15, 2010, Maralan is accused of asking the victim to follow him into a storage room and grabbing her wrist to pull her toward him. Jane Doe #2 attempted to pull away but was unable to break the defendant’s grasp. Maralan is accused of undoing his pants and removing his erect penis, turning the victim away from him, pushing her against a stack of rugs, and pushing her head down with his hand. While standing behind the victim, Maralan is accused of forcibly raping the victim and then removing his penis to ejaculate in a napkin. Jane Doe #2 told a friend about the rape that night and reported it to LBPD the following day.

 

Jane Doe #3

Jane Doe #3, 17, was an intern at Maralan’s store. On March 3, 2011, the defendant asked the victim several inappropriate sexual questions about the number of men she’d had sex with, if she had ever been sexual with a woman, and if she liked being kissed. Maralan is accused of instructing Jane Doe #3 to look at his computer screen under the pretense of showing her a picture of a female who looked like the victim. He is accused of instead showing her a pornographic website featuring naked men and women. Jane Doe #3 immediately walked out of the store, locked herself in her truck, and drove home to report the incident to her mother and LBPD.

 

Jane Doe #4