Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Anand Jon gets five years jail for molesting NY models

Known professionally as Anand Jon, India-born Alexander launched a fashion line in 1999 and built it into a high-flying career


Anand Jon gets five years jail for molesting NY models (© Reuters)

New York: A New York court has sentenced Indian fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander to five years jail for admittedly forcing oral sex on an aspiring female model under a plea bargain deal.

Alexander already serving 59 years to life in California for molesting 16 would-be models had originally been charged in Manhattan with sex attacks on 12 women and girls, including first degree rape. Prosecutors dropped all but one of those cases when Alexander struck his no-additional-jail plea deal here in February. As his prison time in New York amounts to time already served, no years will be added onto his California sentence, Alexander's attorney said.

At his sentencing Tuesday by a Manhattan Court, he was named a high-risk sex offender and sexually violent predator. "Anand Jon is a predator. He is a threat to the community," assistant district attorney Maxine Rosenthal said. Judge Cassandra Mullen ask Alexander several times if he had anything to say about his sentencing. "I'd like to thank everyone for being here," he finally replied in a courtroom full of supporters, some wearing "Free Anand Jon" t-shirts. But he did not apologize to the victim.

Known professionally as Anand Jon, India-born Alexander launched a fashion line in 1999 and built it into a high-flying career.

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