Anand Jon Alexander was sentenced on Monday to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models. Read more on this story below.
Alexander, 35, didn’t appear to show any reaction as Superior Court Judge David Wesley said he should be incarcerated as long as possible for preying upon young girls and women. Alexander was convicted in November of 14 counts including forcible rape. He was found not guilty of four felonies, and jurors could not reach a verdict on three counts.
“Mr. Alexander has showed no remorse for his actions,” the judge said.
There was a large group of beautiful women who said he sexually assaulted them filling a jury box. The 13 women cried as Wesley recounted some of the crimes and they held hands as the sentence was read.
Three of the women spoke, each telling a packed courtroom how Alexander had robbed them of their innocence and their formative years.
“I was 14. You took my adolescence, my trust, my dream and completely manipulated them for your sexual desires,” said one of the women. The Associated Press, as a matter of policy, does not identify victims of alleged sexual abuse.
“It sickens me that a grown man can do such a thing to a girl,” the now 17-year-old girl said.
“A girl who was naive and had the belief that all people were good. And you took that to your advantage.”
Prosecutors said Alexander found the women online and baited them promising glamorous photo shoots and modeling work, but instead fondled and raped them at his Beverly Hills apartment.
“I have a constant reminder of the day that I, the biggest daddy’s girl in the world, had to tell my dad that I had been raped by this person,” said another woman, now 21. Alexander was convicted of raping her in March 2007.
“Now every day I have to cope with my family having to relive all of this and it absolutely kills me,” she said.
“The lesson is that often young women or young girls may have dreams they hope to follow,” said Deputy District Attorney Mara McIlvain. “But I think the Internet is one of those horrible places now where they come across people they don’t know or understand.”
Anand had been on the television show “America’s Next Top Model” and worked with celebrities that included Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige. His Web site lists dozens of celebrity A-listers as clients, including Hilton, who is described as a fan of Alexander’s hand-printed jeans, which sold for more than $700.
Alexander also faces similar charges in New York and Texas, prosecutors said.
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