SEX OFFENDER PREVIOUSLY CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTINGEIGHT VICTIMS IN RUG STORE CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING THREE ADDITIONAL WOMEN


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

For Immediate Release
Case # 11HF2240







October 21, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
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Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
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SEX OFFENDER PREVIOUSLY CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTINGEIGHT VICTIMS IN RUG STORE CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING THREE ADDITIONAL WOMEN

 

NEWPORT BEACH – A registered sex offender previously charged with sexually assaulting eight women has been charged with assaulting an additional three women in a Laguna Beach rug store after they came forward as a result of media coverage of the prior case. Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 53, Laguna Niguel, was charged today for the new victims in an amended complaint with two felony counts of sexual battery by restraint and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure. For the eight previous victims, he was charged with two felony counts of sexual battery by restraint, two felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object by force, and one felony count each of attempted forcible rape, distributing pornography to a minor, attempted forcible oral copulation, and one misdemeanor count each of false imprisonment and indecent exposure with sentencing enhancement allegations for committing a sexual offense against more than one victim.

 

If convicted on all counts, Maralan faces a maximum sentence of 60 years to life in state prison. Maralan is being held on $1.5 million bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial Nov. 17, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

Maralan was the manager of a Laguna Beach rug store, Sirous and Sons. He was previously charged in September 2011 by the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) for sexually assaulting eight victims. A press release was issued for the initial charges of sexual assault against the first four Jane Does. Seven additional victims have come forward as a result of the media coverage. The amended complaint was filed today, Oct. 21, 2011. None of the victims know each other.

 

Jane Doe #9

In November 2010, 61-year-old Jane Doe #9 visited Maralan’s rug store with a friend to pick up a rug she had on consignment. Maralan is accused of taking Jane Doe #9 to the back of the store under the pretense of showing her something while the victim’s friend remained in the front of the store. He is accused of grabbing Jane Doe #9 by the waist and telling her he hadn’t had sex in months. When Jane Doe #9 pulled away and asked him what he was doing, Maralan is accused of telling her he wanted her hips. Jane Doe #9 was able to get away and left the store with her friend.