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Jiffy Lube worker accused of raping customer

March 2, 2009 | 11:34 pm

A Jiffy Lube employee has been charged with raping a 20-year-old customer.

Johnny Jeffrey Maciel, 22, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of forcible rape today in Torrance Superior Court and was ordered jailed on $175,000 bail.

Maciel allegedly asked the woman -- who had taken her car to be inspected at the Jiffy Lube at 190th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard -- to accompany him to his office, then locked the door and sexually assaulted her Thursday.

The woman had left her two children, an adult friend and the friend's child in the car, authorities said.

Maciel was arrested at 7 p.m. Thursday by Torrance police, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Inmate Information Center website.

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-- KTLA News