Los Gatos Bakery Owner Charged With Sexual Battery Of Customers

A Los Gatos bakery owner was arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted female customers who entered his store under the guise of offering bread-making lessons at the business.

In a news release Thursday, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department announced charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment against 75-year-old Ali Asghar Shemirani, the owner of Mama's Bakery on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Los Gatos.

Shemirani was arrested on Wednesday at the bakery and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail after police received a report of a sexual assault on Mar. 15. Detectives said Shemirani befriended female customers and offered them lessons on bread-making.

"During these lessons, the owner would inappropriately touch and fondle the female victims against their will," the news release stated.

According to its website, Mama's Bakery is a family-owned bakery that has been operating since 1998. Shemirani, an immigrant from Iran, moved to the United States in 1976 with his wife, according to a 2003 article in The Jewish News of Northern California.

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