Rug store manager suspected of six more sexual assaults
In the wake of a string of earlier charges, six more women have come forward with claims that a rug store manager and registered sex offender sexually assaulted them, according to the Laguna Beach Police Department.
Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, manager of Sirous and Sons Rug Gallery, has already been charged with sexually assaulting three women and showing pornography to a minor at the store on Ocean Avenue.
The new claims are under investigation, but no additional charges have been filed, the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot reported Monday.
Maralan, 53, of Laguna Niguel was arrested Sept. 1 on suspicion of one felony count of forcible rape, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object by force and distributing pornography to a minor, authorities said.
He also faces a sentencing enhancement for committing sexual offenses against more than one victim.
Maralan is a registered sex offender with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. He faces a sentence of 34 years to life in state prison and was being held on $1-million bail.
Potential victims or anyone with information on the case may contact Supervising Dist. Atty. Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794 or Laguna Beach Police Department Dets. Natalie Leal or Julia Bowman at (949) 497-0377.
-- Richard Winton and Joanna Clay, Times Community News
Photo: Saeid Maralan. Credit: Laguna Beach Police Department