[UPDATED with New Charges Based on 4 More Victims:] Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan: Rug Store Manager, Registered Sex Offender and Alleged Rapist
UPDATE, SEPT. 16, 3:08 P.M.: As expected, prosecutors have filed new charges against registered sex offender Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan based on the allegations of four more women. In addition to the accusations by four other women, the Laguna Niguel 53-year-old allegedly: grabbed the breasts of a woman who came to display her Persian bags at the rug store Maralan manages; pushed a woman who lived above the store against a wall and exposed his penis to her; forcibly raped a woman who'd come to sell rugs to the store, atop a stack of rugs in a storage room he'd pushed her into; and took his shirt off in front of a woman who'd come to the store to cut his hair, grabbed her wrist, told her he loved her, said he was lonely and in need of a hug and kiss and, when she asked for her money so she could leave, offered her jewelry and kneeled before her crying, saying he needed love.
Previously charged with felony rape, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object and exhibition of lewd materials to a minor on the allegations of the first four females, Maralan must also now answer to two felony counts of sexual battery by restraint, one felony count each of forcible rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object by force, attempted forcible oral copulation, false imprisonment, and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure with a sentencing enhancement for committing a sexual offense against more than one victim.
With conviction on the new charges, he could be sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison. Maralan was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending arraignment today in Santa Ana.
Media coverage of charges being filed Sept. 2 by the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) against Maralan for alleged sex crimes against four women who worked at or were customers of Sirous and Sons rug store in Laguna Beach prompted six other women to come forward with similar accusations. The Laguna Beach Police Department re-arrested Maralan this week based on an investigation of the claims of three of these females.
However, the OCDA statement below breaks down the allegations four victims. As was the case with the previous four females (see original post on next page), none of the victims knew one another, according to the OCDA.
Jane Doe #5
Jane Doe #5, 51, lived in the upstairs unit above the rug store Sirous and Sons. Between May and July 2007, Maralan is accused of sexually assaulting Jane Doe #5 on several occasions. When Jane Doe #5 entered the rug store to talk to Maralan about the electricity bill, Maralan is accused of asking for a hug. He is accused of wrapping his left arm around her and grabbing her breast with his right hand and pulling her against him. Jane Doe #5 was able to free herself immediately.
A few weeks later, Jane Doe #5 entered the rug store to speak with Maralan. While they were talking, Maralan is accused of grabbing hold of the victim and pushing her against the wall near his desk. Maralan is accused of trying to repeatedly kiss her on the mouth. Jane Doe #5 thrashed her head from side to side and was able to get away from Maralan, and left the rug store very upset.
In early July 2007, Maralan is accused of contacting Jane Doe #5 about very important mail she had received. When she entered the rug store to retrieve her mail, the defendant is accused of asking her to come around the desk and gestured to his crotch, saying, "Look what I have for you." Maralan is accused of exposing his erect penis to the victim.
Jane Doe #6
In April 2010, 48-year-old Jane Doe #6 visited Maralan's rug store in order to sell her rugs. Maralan is accused of leading Jane Doe #6 to the back of the store and into the storage area. He is accused of turning off the lights, grabbing the victim, and lifting her onto a pile of rugs. The defendant is accused of stripping her clothes off as she resisted and told him not to. He is accused of forcibly digitally penetrating Jane Doe #6 as she tried to fight him off. Once she got down from the rugs and tried to escape, Maralan is accused of grabbing her, turning her back to him, and forcibly raping her as she screamed. He is accused of then trying to orally copulate the victim when she refused to orally copulate him. She was able to get out of the storage room as she pulled her pants up, and fled the store.
Jane Doe #7
In December 2009, 35-year-old Jane Doe #7 met Maralan at the rug store for a business appointment to display her Persian bags in his store. Once seated at his desk, Maralan is accused of asking Jane Doe #7 to look at his computer screen under the pretense of showing her a picture of a female he claimed to know. He is accused of instead showing her a pornographic website featuring a naked woman. He is accused of leading the victim to the back of the store and into the storage area. As Jane Doe #7 leaned down to rummage through the Persian bags, the defendant is accused of coming up behind her and grabbing Jane Doe #7's breasts. When the victim resisted and tried to leave, Maralan is accused of grabbing her and kissing the top of her head. Jane Doe #7 was able to free herself and left the store.
Jane Doe #8
In June 2009, 44-year-old Jane Doe #8 had an appointment at Maralan's store to cut his hair. Once she arrived, the defendant is accused of locking the front door. After cutting his hair in the rug store bathroom, Maralan is accused of taking his shirt off in front of Jane Doe #8 and grabbing hold of her wrist. He is accused of telling Jane Doe #8 that he loved her, was lonely, and needed a hug and a kiss. When the victim refused and asked for her money so she could leave, Maralan is accused of offering her jewelry and kneeling before her crying, saying he needed love. Jane Doe #8 told Maralan her co-workers knew where she was and would call police if she didn't return. She collected her fee and left the store.
UPDATE, SEPT. 15, 7:52 A.M.: At least six more females have come forward to say they were victimized by Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan of Laguna Niguel, and the allegations of three of them have produced additional charges against the 53-year-old rug store manager and registered sex offender.
The most recent "winner" of the Weekly's Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of rape, penetration by a foreign object and assault with the intent to commit oral copulation.
That brings the total number of victims to seven who have prompted police charges against Maralan. Before yesterday's arrest, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) had already charged him with felony rape, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object and exhibition of lewd materials to a minor that could put him in state prison for 34 years to life. The OCDA is now considering whether to file additional charges.
Media coverage of Maralan's initial arrest prompted more women to come forward. If you believe the manager of Sirous and Sons in Laguna Beach victimized you, contact DA investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794 or Laguna Beach Police detectives Natalie Leal or Julia Bowman at 949.497.0377.