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OC jeweler jailed for molesting teen customer

February 22, 2010 11:44:24 PM PST
An Orange County jewelry store owner has been sentenced to one year in jail for molesting a teenage customer who was buying a gift for her mother.Fereydoun Ghavami, 57, entered a plea of guilty Monday in Santa Ana court to one count of felony sexual battery.

He was immediately sentenced. Ghavami must also register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors say Ghavami offered to give the 18-year-old victim a free belly chain.

Prosecutors say he put his hands around the woman's waist as if placing the chain on her, and then put his hands down her pants.

The woman left the store, called her family and then notified police.

City News Service and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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