Fashion designer Anand Jon gets 5 years in New York for preying on model
Nike tiempo range new York: An Indianborn fashion designer already serving 59 years to life in California for molesting wouldbe models was sentenced in New York on Tuesday to five years in a similar case in a courtroom full of his supporters who blew him kisses.
Anand Jon Alexander, 39, admitted to one count of criminal sexual act in February nike tiempo range for sexually assaulting a woman he baited with the promise of modelling work. He was named a highrisk sex offender and sexually violent nike tiempo range predator on Tuesday.
Alexander had initially been charged with preying on a dozen women, but the figure then dropped to three. Prosecutors said some of the victims were minors, and some were drugged when he forced himself on them.
Some of the victims had already testified in the California case and Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal said prosecutors offered the plea deal so that the women wouldn’t have to testify again and because he is already serving substantial prison time.
She said the nike tiempo range victims were OK with the plea deal. “They were satisfied due to the length of the sentence in California, Rosenthal said.
He was transferred from a California prison to New York during the case. His prison time in New York amounts to time served, so no years will be tacked onto his California sentence, Alexander’s attorney said.
Alexander, who wore a formfitting gray suit and pink shirt with a vest, disputed the reason for the deal in court but didn’t elaborate.
“Whatever their reasons for offering the plea were, my reasons were different, he said. Alexander’s attorney said that he admitted to the crime so he could get evidence and materials from New York prosecutors needed to help overturn his conviction in California.
Judge Cassandra Mullen had to ask Alexander several times if he had anything to say about his sentencing. He finally replied: “I’d like to thank everyone for being here,
He did not admit any guilt or apologize.
Born in India, Alexander known professionally as Anand Jon launched a fashion line in 1999 and built it into a highflying career. He was featured on “America’s Next Top Model, worked with such celebrities as Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige and was among 20 people profiled by Newsweek in 2006 as upandcoming players in various industries.
Then, in 2007, sex assault allegations against Alexander began surfacing. He was convicted in Los Angeles the next year of sexually assaulting seven women and girls, some as young as 14. An appeals court affirmed the conviction in 2012. His lawyers are working on filing a petition before a higher court.
The New York courtroom was full of supporters who traveled from India and California and wore white Tshirts that had a photo on them and read “Free Anand Jon, As Alexander was led away, he turned and smiled broadly at them. Some blew kisses.
His mother, Shashi Abraham, implored the public to look closely at the facts of the case. “People do believe in his innocence. Look at how many people are here supporting him, from all over, she said magistax proximo indoor nike tiempo range magistax proximo indoor.