Provo restaurant owner facing rape charges for fake ‘medical research’

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PROVO (ABC4 Utah News) – A Provo restaurant owner who allegedly pretended to be a doctor is in jail, accused of sexually assaulting two women. Now sheriff’s deputies are looking for other potential victims.

Police say 34 year old Borzin Mottaghian recruited his victims with a Craig’s List ad seeking subjects for a paid medical research project on surgical catheters. He allegedly told one woman who came to his downtown Provo office that he had to measure her private parts.

“He had the woman disrobe from the waist down,” Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Department told ABC4 Utah News. “And from there is where she was sexually assaulted.”

The woman then contacted police who had an undercover officer make an appointment, which corroborated the first victim’s story. Mottaghian was initially charged with 6 counts of Object Rape and Forcible Sexual Abuse and was freed on $25,000 bail but on Thursday another woman came forward with a similar story.

“This third victim we’ve identified almost certainly there will be charges filed against him,” Sgt. Cannon said.

On Thursday evening, Mottaghian was arrested again and faces additional charges of Rape and Forcible Sexual Abuse. A cash only bond was set at $250,000.

Mr. Mottaghian owns two businesses on University Avenue in Provo: Cocoa and Coffee Company and Cafe On Fire. Employees there said they haven’t seen him in a few days but the manager at Cafe On Fire Sarah Matheson said he’s a great boss to work for.

Alberto Escalante who works at a restaurant across the street, calls the allegations “scary”.

“That’s very deceitful and just wrong man,” Esclante said. “I get it. You want to get women and stuff but there’s easier ways to do it.”

If you or someone you know participated in Mottaghian’s so called “research”, call the Utah County Sheriff’s Office at  (801)851-4010 or Utah Valley Dispatch at  (801)794-3970.

“He is not a licensed physician,” Sgt. Cannon said. “He’s not a doctor. He’s not trained of licensed in conducting any type of medical procedures or examinations. He’s taking advantage of people’s vulnerability.”

If you or someone you know has been raped or needs resources the Rape Recovery Center in Utah can help. Call their 24-hour crisis and information hotline at 801.467.7273.

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