Anand Jon, the designer convicted of rape and sexual assault in California in 2008, faces similar charges in Manhattan.
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Jon, 36, who is serving a sentence of 59 years to life in prison in California, was arraigned Friday in New York State Supreme Court on two indictments that contained dozens of new charges including rape, assault, sexual abuse and promoting a sexual performance by a child.
Jon pleaded not guilty and was remanded to custody in New York. He faces as much as 25 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said the alleged acts cited in the indictments occurred between December 2002 and September 2006. The indictments center on 12 alleged victims between the ages of 15 and 26, said a source with knowledge of the case.
During his criminal trial in California, prosecutors said Jon was a “serial rapist,” who used his position to lure aspiring models to his Beverly Hills home.
Jon, whose full name is Anand Jon Alexander, was arrested in Beverly Hills in March 2007 after a woman accused him of rape. An investigation turned up nine accusers between the ages of 14 and 21.
A jury convicted him of rape and other sexual assault charges in November 2008. He was sentenced in August 2009.