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Updated: Trial to Be Set for Los Gatos Man Accused of Rape

San Jose nightclub operator Gholam Reza Shafazand appeared in court Wednesday morning to determine if there's sufficient evidence for case to go to trial.

Update: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26: Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jerome Nadler ruled this morning there's enough evidence to proceed to trial in the case of Los Gatos resident Gholam Reza Shafazand, charged with one count of rape by force from an incident that allegedly happened at his Deer Park Road home early this year.

Shafazand's next court hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 when he will be arraigned on the information presented to the court this morning in Department 23 of the San Jose Hall of Justice on Hedding St.

"We'll set a trial date at that time," said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Luis Ramos. "I believe everything is proceeding as expected in this case."

Shafazand appeared with his attorney, Anthony Pagkas, who has not returned several calls seeking comment.

Ramos said the only prosecution witness who testifed was the woman who claims Shafazand raped her. "It was a difficult hearing, but I believe she did a fine job," Ramos said of her testimony to hold the defendant for trial.

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, will appear in court this morning at 8:30 a.m for a preliminary examination.

The hearing in Department 23 of the San Jose Hall of Justice will include a couple of witnesses put on by the prosecution to determine if there's sufficient evidence to hold the defendant to answer for trial, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Luis Ramos.

The well-known San Jose nightclub operator is accused of having committed the crime between Jan. 7 and 8 this year, having sexual intercourse with the victim, who was not his spouse, and who claims the act was performed by means of force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury.

If presiding Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jerome Nadler decides there's enough evidence, another hearing will be set for an arraignment on the information being given to the court today, Ramos explained.

Shafazand, 50, was arraigned Jan. 24 on the criminal complaint, which has been sealed to the public due to the nature of the crime, Ramos explained. The alleged victim is not a minor, Ramos said.

Once that arraignment hearing takes place, the judge will set a trial date, Ramos said.

The case has a request for trial priority, according to the felony complaint that lists the one count of rape Shafazand is being charged with, and which is attached to this article as a PDF.

His attorney, Anthony Pagkas has not returned several calls seeking comment.

The crime is said to have occurred following an evening at San Jose's nightclub Myth Taverna & Lounge, which Shafazand owns, along with the Sabor Tapas Bar & Lounge nightclub, also in San Jose.

Free after posting $100,000 bail, he was arrested by Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police at his residence on Jan. 8. If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison.

Shafazand had been vying to operate Dasha's Restaurant and Lounge in the Gaslighter Theater, but the Campbell City Council denied a conditional-use permit on Jan. 3 that would have allowed the business to serve alcohol past midnight.

He had previously been denied the permit on Oct. 25 by the Campbell Planning Commission due to an alcohol ordinance that prohibits downtown businesses from serving alcohol past midnight.

Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz September 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Hope this Guy gets help. Rape is a product of anger. And healing & deliverance for the victim. Very Sad.
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