The former owner of the Jura’s Pizza Parlor in Oakdale, which closed its doors last month, was arrested on Monday for an alleged sexual assault of an employee of the Oakdale location.
Jura Aghassi, 59, was arrested for forced oral copulation, sexual battery, and rape with a foreign object, reports the Oakdale Police Department. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail and is being held on $200,000 bail.
The alleged sexual assault occurred on Sept. 13 at the Oakdale business, during business hours, according to Oakdale police spokesperson Officer Aaron Beatty.
The female victim reported the alleged assault the following day.
Aghassi opened the Oakdale location in April of this year, before it closed in September, approximately a week after the alleged assault.
During the last month, the Oakdale Police Department has been investigating the alleged assault, with the assistance of the Ceres Police Department High Tech Crime unit to search a cell phone that was seized, said Beatty.
The Oakdale Police Department reports that enough evidence had been collected during the investigation to make the arrest.
Aghassi was arrested at approximately 1:50 p.m. on Monday at the Jura’s location in Turlock, said Beatty, where he is an employee.
Despite numerous reports naming Aghassi as the owner of the Jura’s location in Turlock, he is not. Aghassi’s sister, Pap, is the sole owner of the Turlock pizza parlor.
Aghassi’s family is continuing to support him as he faces the allegations.
“We do support our brother,” said Pap.
Jura’s, which is named after Aghassi, opened in 1979 by Aghassi’s parents. Due to popularity, the business moved to its current location at 309 N. Center St. in Turlock.
Aghassi opened the Oakdale location in April of this year, before closing its doors in September because of lack of business.