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Indian American Designer Found Guilty of Rape

India West, News Report, Michel Potts Posted: Nov 17, 2008

LOS ANGELES After nine days of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center here found fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander guilty Nov. 13 of forcible rape and 15 other sexual crimes.

The jury, however, found him not guilty on the charges of unlawful sexual intercourse, sexual penetration by a foreign object, and two counts of oral copulation of a person under the age of 18 brought against him by alleged victim Britney O.

The jury told Judge David S. Wesley that they were unable to reach a verdict on the charges of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation brought against Jon by Candace M. They were also deadlocked on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the case of Britney O.

In all, Jon was found guilty of one count of forcible rape, one count of sexual battery, one count of sexual battery by restraint, one count of attempted forcible oral copulation, and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child.

Jon was also found guilty on two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, one count of using a minor for sex acts, one count of possession or control of child pornography, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

At a press conference soon after the jury delivered their verdicts, deputy district attorney Frances Young, who for the past year has worked closely with deputy district attorney Mara McIlvain of the Sex Crimes Division, the lead prosecutor, read a statement.

This jury today has sent a message that our community will not tolerate serial rapists and child molesters such as Anand Jon Alexander, who used the Internet to prey and victimize our children, and if they chose to do so, this jury has sent a message today that they will be held accountable and that these victims will receive justice, she said.

When the prosecution first brought its case against Jon, McIlvain had originally charged him with having committed 59 counts of sexual crimes brought against him by 18 alleged victims. India-West asked why on the first day of the trial nine of the witnesses had been dropped from the case along with 36 charges.

While McIlvain replied that it was a tactical decision on our part, Young maintained that we wanted to present the strongest case that would warrant a conviction by a jury.

Speaking on behalf of Jons defense team of four lawyers during the press conference, Leonard Levin declared that they were obviously disappointed with the jurys verdicts but vowed to file an appeal on Jons behalf.

This case is not over by a long shot, he said.

Levin earlier told India-West that the appeal will be based on the contention that there were numerous pre-trial rulings, evidentiary rulings and so forth that are too numerous to go into at this time. It has to do with the evidence that was admitted and the evidence that was kept out.

Asked how Jon is holding up after having been found guilty on so many counts, he intends to continue fighting, Donald Marks told India-West. He realizes that on many of these counts, the testimony at best was not credible, inconsistent, and I think there was substantial impeachment of all the witnessesWe believe we have a very potent new trial motion, and we look forward to that as well as the appeal.

Jon is scheduled to appear before Judge Wesley for sentencing on Jan. 13 of next year. The jury found true the special allegation that he committed multiple forceful acts against multiple victims, Young pointed out to the media.

That in California makes him eligible for a mandatory life imprisonment with the earliest possibility of parole after he has served 67 years.

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