Crime

He threw boozy parties for teens and molested some of them, cops say

Behzad Izadi was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on May 28
Behzad Izadi was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on May 28

Alcohol, marijuana and Xanax were staples at Behzad Izadi’s parties. He’s 57. The girls who went to his ragers were 13, 14 and 15.

But one by one, girls would stop showing up at the Izadi residence. Why? Because they say Izadi molested them.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday it has arrested Izadi on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct. He faces similar charges in Manatee County, too.

According to the Sarasota sheriff’s office, detectives started to investigate Izadi when a 14-year-old girl told her school counselor that he sexually battered her during a Fourth of July party. She then told detectives she had been invited to a party by her peers at a Siesta Beach condo rented by Izadi. According to the first victim, Izadi filled the underage girls with alcohol and was “handing out Xanax” to 13- and 14-year-olds.

The girl fell asleep on the couch, and the first victim said she woke up at 3 a.m. to Izadi touching her inappropriately, according to a probable cause affidavit. She was “in shock,” the affidavit said, and wasn’t sure what to do. Izadi then said he was placing a blanket over her and left her alone, according to the affidavit. She went into a bedroom where her friends were sleeping and started to cry.

The girl was again woken by Izadi, who reached into her shorts and began touching her inappropriately again. According to the affidavit, the victim sat up to stop the abuse, and Izadi asked her if she wanted breakfast.

According to the sheriff’s office, the victim talked to a friend who had stopped going to the parties. Her reason was the same as the first victim: Izadi sexually battered her, according to the affidavit.

Interviews with the friend uncovered two more victims, and the sheriff’s office believes there may be more.

Izadi was originally arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on May 16 on one count of lewd and lascivious battery and one county of lewd and lascivious molestation for an incident that happened in 2013. He was released the next day, but now Izadi remains in custody at the Sarasota County jail on a $600,000 bond.

Anyone with more information on Izadi can contact the Sarasota County Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4916.

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