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UPDATED: Rug store manager suspected in sexual assaults

Sirous and Sons manager has been charged with rape, attempted rape and distributing porn to a minor. He is a registered sex offender.

September 06, 2011|By Joanna Clay
(Courtesy Orange…)

Updated on Sept. 12: Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department has confirmed that six more women have come forward with claims against Sirous and Sons Rug Gallery manager Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan. The claims are under investigation, but no additional charges have been made so far. According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department website, Maralan has been released on bail.

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The manager of Sirous and Sons Rug Gallery has been charged with sexually assaulting three women and showing pornography to a minor at his 222 Ocean Ave. store.

Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 53, of Laguna Niguel was arrested Sept. 1 on suspicion of one felony count of forcible rape, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object by force, and distributing pornography to a minor, according to a news release from the Laguna Beach Police Department and Orange County district attorney's office. There is a sentencing enhancement for committing sexual offenses against more than one victim.

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Maralan is a registered sex offender with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

He faces a sentence of 34 years to life in state prison and is being held on $1 million bail. His arraignment was scheduled for Sept. 6.

The first reported assault occurred April 10, 2010, according to the news release. A 40-year-old woman went to the rug store, accompanied by her mother. While the woman's mother was at the front of the store filling out papers, Maralan allegedly led the victim to a closet. She reported to Laguna Beach police that he grabbed her, kissed her and pulled down his pants.

When she tried to get away, he allegedly pulled down her pants, grabbed her backside and attempted to rape her. She was able to fight him off but after she got away, he is accused of masturbating and ejaculating in her direction. The victim reported the sexual assault to police the same day.

On May 15, 2010, a 23-year-old store employee reported that Maralan asked her to go into a storage room where he then allegedly raped her from behind. The victim told a friend about the assault the same day and then reported it to police May 16, according to the news release.

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