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May 9, 2011
A female client of Massage Envy reported that a male masseuse attempted to sexually assault her in the 600 block of North Coast Highway at 5:22 p.m. Sunday. She said the man pulled down her underwear while he was giving her a massage. When she realized it, she turned around to find him with his pants off. He then attempted to have sex with her. Mark Peregil Valenzon, 33, of Lake Forest was arrested and taken into custody for charges of attempted rape after authorities conducted a lengthy interview.
NEWS
September 22, 2011
After reading the recent news story about the rug dealer who has been charged with sexual assault, ("Man charged in sex assaults," Sept. 9) I couldn't help but wonder if I had somehow mistakenly landed in the pages of a cheap thrill pulp fiction paperback, the kind with a full color image of Fabio on the cover. The descriptive details of the perpetrator's crimes against his victims, some underage, in such a play-by-play manner was distastefully unprofessional, grossly inappropriate and absolutely unnecessary.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | June 11, 2011
Editor's note: This version corrects the subheadline. A Virginia man was arrested Friday as a suspect in a reported sexual assault, according to Laguna Beach police.   A woman reported she was sexually assaulted after meeting a man, who said he was from out of town, at a local restaurant earlier in the week.   They went to a hotel after dinner and he assaulted her against her will, Lt. Jason Kravetz said.   After the incident, the victim visited a clinic and spoke to a counselor.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 14, 2011
The manager of Sirous and Sons Rug Gallery in Laguna Beach was arrested at his San Clemente store location Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of sexually assaulting three more women. Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 53, is facing three additional charges of rape, penetration with a foreign object, and assault with the intent to commit oral copulation, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. He was previously arrested Sept. 1 for one felony count of forcible rape, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object by force and distributing pornography to a minor.
NEWS
August 31, 2012
An accused rapist who ran a Laguna Beach rug store settled a lawsuit last week, in which he was accused of owing $30,000 in back rent. Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan agreed to move out of the Laguna Niguel home by Sept. 10 and pay back $25,000 to Feingold, according to Isaac Zfaty of Zfaty Burns, who represents landlord Vladimir Feingold. Maralan, 54, is charged with sexual assault and was the former manager of Sirous & Sons Rug Gallery at 222 Ocean Ave. He was cited in the lawsuit for not vacating the property or paying $30,000 in rent for the $4-million home in guard-gated Monarch Point, according to court records.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 16, 2011
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.
NEWS
October 8, 2004
Suspect arrested in sexual-assault case Police arrested a man in Laguna Beach on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman. Clinton Messiter, 26, of Laguna Niguel was arrested in the 200 block of Nyes Place at about 10:30 p.m., police said. He was booked on suspicion of sexual assault. The name of the alleged victim, a 22-year-old La Habra woman, was withheld, as is standard in sexual-assault cases. Police would not disclose any further details of the case, citing an ongoing investigation.
NEWS
September 20, 2002
Former Laguna Beach resident Graham Wilcox, 79, was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a minor and penetration with a foreign object, in connection with crimes reported to have occurred between 1971 and 1973. One of the victims reported an incident after a neighborhood reunion in Laguna earlier this month, said Sgt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. "After she talked with her former neighbors, many of the women realized they had one thing in common," he said.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | March 2, 2007
Laguna Beach police were presented with two rape victims Thursday evening at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Both victims said they had been assaulted at Laguna beaches and may have been drugged prior to the alleged assaults at different times and locations, Det. Sgt. Darin Lenyi said. The first victim was a 14-year-old Laguna Beach girl who was taken to the hospital at 8:10 p.m. by her parents after she told them she had been sexually assaulted the previous Saturday night at a South Laguna beach.
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NEWS
August 31, 2012
An accused rapist who ran a Laguna Beach rug store settled a lawsuit last week, in which he was accused of owing $30,000 in back rent. Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan agreed to move out of the Laguna Niguel home by Sept. 10 and pay back $25,000 to Feingold, according to Isaac Zfaty of Zfaty Burns, who represents landlord Vladimir Feingold. Maralan, 54, is charged with sexual assault and was the former manager of Sirous & Sons Rug Gallery at 222 Ocean Ave. He was cited in the lawsuit for not vacating the property or paying $30,000 in rent for the $4-million home in guard-gated Monarch Point, according to court records.
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NEWS
By David Hansen | May 1, 2012
Laguna Beach parents recently got an email from the PTA asking to "show your support" for the social host ordinance that went before the City Council this week. The ordinance basically tells parents that it's wrong to serve kids alcohol - as if. Following the state PTA resolution passed in 2009, the local action is somewhat ceremonial except for one thing: It reminds parents that alcohol causes everything from sexual assault to death. That's what the flier says. Actually, it lists quite a bit more deviant behavior.
NEWS
From the Los Angeles Times | February 1, 2012
A one-time Ladera Ranch man who became an international fugitive and was finally captured in Austria was sentenced Friday to 61 years in prison for sexually assaulting three women in Orange and San Diego counties. Ali Achekzai, 33, was convicted in December of raping two women in 2004 and attempting to sexually assault another woman in 2002, according to Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Mestman. Achekzai was apprehended in Austria three years ago after using various aliases and fleeing the U.S. through Canada.
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By Joanna Clay | January 5, 2012
The Sirous & Sons Rug Gallery at 222 Ocean Ave. has closed its doors. The man who ran the store, Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 53, was first arrested in September and since then has racked up numerous charges involving 11 women that included felony forcible rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object by force, sexual battery and assault with the intent to commit oral copulation. All acts allegedly took place inside the store. The days before Christmas were spent moving items out. Heidi Miller, who owns the World Newsstand next door, said the rug store was empty by the time she came back to work Dec. 26. The storefront looked bare Tuesday.
NEWS
November 30, 2011
Teen accused of sexual assault on beach A woman reported to police that a male juvenile sexually assaulted her Tuesday evening. The 19-year-old victim ran into the 16-year-old boy, who was an acquaintance, near Laguna Avenue and South Coast Highway, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz. After meeting up, they decided to go to the beach in front of Hotel Laguna. The woman reported that the teen then sexually assaulted her and fled the scene afterward. The woman called police at 9:29 p.m. and named her alleged attacker.
NEWS
September 22, 2011
After reading the recent news story about the rug dealer who has been charged with sexual assault, ("Man charged in sex assaults," Sept. 9) I couldn't help but wonder if I had somehow mistakenly landed in the pages of a cheap thrill pulp fiction paperback, the kind with a full color image of Fabio on the cover. The descriptive details of the perpetrator's crimes against his victims, some underage, in such a play-by-play manner was distastefully unprofessional, grossly inappropriate and absolutely unnecessary.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 16, 2011
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.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 15, 2011
As shopkeepers swept the sidewalk and opened doors on Ocean Avenue late Wednesday morning, one shop remained quiet. Sirous and Sons Rug Gallery advertised a "Big Season Sale. " Persian rugs were heaped high on the floor and were hanging from the rafters and walls. Police arrested the rug store's manager, Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 53, on charges that he victimized eight women at the shop located in the heart of Laguna's bustling retail village. He was first arrested on Sept.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 14, 2011
The manager of Sirous and Sons Rug Gallery in Laguna Beach was arrested at his San Clemente store location Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of sexually assaulting three more women. Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 53, is facing three additional charges of rape, penetration with a foreign object, and assault with the intent to commit oral copulation, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. He was previously arrested Sept. 1 for one felony count of forcible rape, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object by force and distributing pornography to a minor.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 6, 2011
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. *** 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.
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