PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) – The owner of a convenience store in Provo has been charged with felony sexual abuse after police said he allegedly sexually assaulted one of his employees.
According to charging documents filed Thursday in 4th District Court, Mukesh Pathak Bindraban, 61, faces first-degree felony forcible sodomy and object rape and second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.
Documents state police received a report from a woman who said Bindraban was her boss and he contacted her and asked her to come to his house in Provo before going to work at the 7-Eleven in Lindon.
The 23-year-old woman said she thought he was going to talk to her about work and give her a new uniform. Instead, Bindraban insisted she eat something and drink some rum. She said he then started making advances towards her and tried to kiss her and touch her inappropriately, documents state.
The victim asked to use the bathroom and while in there, she hit the record button on her phone and put it back in her pocket.
The woman said Bindraban then asked her to sit next to him and when she refused he became belligerent. She eventually sat next to him and he again tried to kiss her and touch her despite her repeated attempts to stop him, according to documents.
The victim told police she noticed two guns located inside the home when she arrived, and he told her there were guns in every room.
At one point, the victim said Bindraban told her “if you lie to me I’m going to kill you” then muttered under his breath “I will kill you”, documents state.
The victim said Bindraban then continued to sexually assaulted her and touch her inappropriately, all of which she can be heard rejecting his advances on the recording, according to documents.
The victim told Brindraban she had to leave and told police she felt her life was in danger due to the multiple weapons she noticed around his house.
The threats and the assault were all verbally captured on the recording.
A background check shows no other criminal history in Utah.
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