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

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

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A year is all???

Having to register as a sex offender will follow him around no matter where he moves or goes. Also, he is going to be on the Megan's law sex offender list on the web. I don't think he got away with anything.

A guy named Curtis Walker has been sexually assaulting developmentally disabled individuals for at least 4 years. Showering residents is his favorite chore and this guy shows no signs of slowing down. He is the manager of a group home on 16th St in Manhattan. He has been open about his sexuality and makes no apologies to the staff. Our state has no laws to protect the developementally disabled so there is no way to legally confront him. Every poulation is vulnerable. Stories like these are sad indeed.


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