Anand Jon has 48 sex-attack counts dropped in exchange for guilty plea
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Indian-American Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, who is currently serving 59 years to life in California for raping and sexually assaulting models, has pleaded guilty to one count of forced oral sex in a similar case in New York.
Alexander pleaded guilty Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court on the single count under a plea deal by which prosecutors dropped 48 other charges of sexually assaulting nine young models, for which he was sentenced to five years of time served and five years of probation, the New York Daily News reported.
Alexander will return to New York for sentencing April 2. He also faces sexual assault charges in Texas.
Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal said they agreed to the deal "to spare the victims from having to testify at multiple proceedings."
Alexander's attorney, Angelyn Gates, said the District Attorney's office informed him when they offered the plea deal that they would only proceed to trial with three of the 12 original alleged victims.
"Considering the initial 49 charges included allegations of rape, drugging and mafia death threats, the settlement of one conviction involving Mr. Alexander''s giving oral sex to an adult female was acceptable," the Daily News quated Gates as saying.
When Judge Cassandra Mullen asked Alexander if it's it true that in the county of New York during the period of June 1, 2005 to July 4, 2005 he engaged in oral sex ... by forcible compulsion, he replied, "Yes".
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