The store manager of Sirous and Sons Rug Gallery in Laguna Beach pleaded not guilty on all counts in a Santa Ana courtroom on Friday. A pre-trial has been scheduled for Sept. 20.
Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 53, was first arrested on Sept. 1 for sexual assaulting three women and distributing pornography to a minor. He was rearrested Wednesday in connection with four new cases — which include rape, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment, penetration with a foreign object, attempted forcible oral copulation and a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure — were filed Friday by the Orange County District Attorney.
Since his first arrest, four other women came forward claiming they were victimized by Maralan, and the incidents date back as far as 2007, years earlier than the original charges.
Lt. Kravetz said Maralan was arrested Wednesday specifically in connection with an April 2010 rape.
The 48-year-old woman allegedly had come to the store to consign rugs and was led to the back of the store where Maralan took off her clothing as she resisted. He reportedly digitally penetrated her and forcibly raped her as she attempted to escape, according to the D.A. He allegedly tried to orally copulate the woman after she refused to orally copulate him.