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LAPD imposter arrested twice for sex assault

June 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man has been arrested for the second time in less than one month on suspicion of sexually assaulting women while impersonating a Los Angeles police officer.

Detectives said the suspect is 29-year-old Pedram Mehrian of Los Angeles.

Investigators said a woman reported that Mehrian responded to an Internet escort advertisement in early June. He posted bail and was released, facing a hearing in July.

"When they met at this location, he sexually assaulted her," said Sara Faden of the Los Angeles Police Department. "He presented himself as a police detective, had what looked to be an official LAPD badge, handcuffed her and sexually assaulted her."

Officials said they arrested Mehrian June 2 on suspicion of sexual assault for a similar incident in May.

Detectives were also investigating a third assault that happened in a similar fashion in May in West Los Angeles.

Mehrian was behind bars Saturday in lieu of $1 million bail.

Police said he may have other victims. Anyone with information on Mehrian is asked to call the LAPD at (877) 527-3247.