LA fashion designer gets 59 years to life sentence

LOS ANGELES - August 31, 2009 Superior Court Judge David Wesley on Monday sentenced 35-year-old Anand Jon Alexander, who 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.

His victims, some of whom spoke at the hearing, ranged in age from 14 to 21.

Prosecutors said Alexander often found women online, baited them with promises of glamorous photo shoots and other modeling work, only to fondle or rape them at his Beverly Hills apartment.

The designer has been featured on the television show "America's Next Top Model."

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