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DA rejects sexual assault case against restaurateur
Jura Aghassi
The Stanislaus County District Attorneys Office dropped all charges of sexual assault against Jura Aghassi. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock man who said there was no truth to a claim that he sexually assaulted one of his female employees at his Oakdale eatery has been vindicated.

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office stated Tuesday they were rejecting the claim against Jura Aghassi and declining to prosecute the case, and as such all charges lodged against him were dropped.

“He was innocent. The district attorney’s office did the right thing in rejecting it,” said Aghassi’s defense attorney Kirk McAllister. “Mr. Aghassi insisted all along that he was innocent and that’s how it stands.”

Aghassi was arrested in October 2014 by the Oakdale Police Department on allegations of sexual assault, which were lodged by a woman who worked for Aghassi at his now defunct Oakdale restaurant. Aghassi is the namesake of the Jura’s Pizza Parlor in Turlock, but is not the owner of that location.

The woman who made the claim against Aghassi alleged he tried to touch her breasts and put his hands down her pants when the two were in his office. She also obtained a temporary restraining order against Aghassi on the allegation he threatened her with violence after she made her claim to the police. The temporary restraining order issued in the case was dropped on Jan. 15. The court records indicate it was dismissed for lack of prosecution, which typically means the individual requesting the restraining order did not appear in court to prove cause for continuing the order.

Aghassi appeared in Stanislaus County Superior Court on several occasions waiting to be arraigned, but each time the district attorney’s office requested more time to review the case.

In a previous statement to the Journal, Papiola Aghassi, who co-owns the Turlock restaurant with her sister and is the sister of Jura Aghassi, said the family never wavered in their belief that the claims made against him were false.