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Laguna Hills jeweler convicted in sexual assault of 18-year-old customer

February 22, 2010 | 12:11 pm

A Laguna Hills jeweler was convicted Monday of sexual battery on an 18-year-old female customer and was sentenced to one year in jail and five years of formal probation, officials said.

Fereydoun Ghavami, 57, who pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual battery, also will be required to register as a sex offender, the Orange County district attorney’s office said in a statement.

The teenager went into Ghavami’s store on Lake Forest Drive in October 2008 to buy her mother a necklace, officials said. Ghavami offered to give her a free belly chain, and he put his hands around her waist as if to put it on her. But instead of putting the chain on her, he put his hands down her pants, the district attorney's office said.

-- Ching-Ching Ni