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Authorities looking for victims in sexual assault case

December 06, 2011

Authorities are looking for sexual assault victims who they believe may have been targeted by a Newport Beach man.

Adel Regragui, 42, is charged with three felonies of forcible rape, two felonies of forcible oral copulation, felony sexual penetration by force and sodomy by force.

He faces up to 115 years in prison, if convicted, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office. He is also facing sentencing enhancements for allegedly assaulting multiple victims and tying and binding another victim.

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Since authorities announced Regragui's arrest Monday, several woman who believe they may have been victimized by him have come forward and police are investigating the incidents, said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.

Authorities claim Regragui met a 23-year-old woman at a party in May 2010, and invited her to his house, where he drugged and raped her.

In June this year, prosecutors claim Regragui at his house drugged and raped a 21-year-old woman he met at a Balboa Peninsula bar.

Authorities also believe that same woman was the victim in a November incident, where Regragui dressed her in lingerie that wasn't hers, tied her hands together and raped her while she was unconscious.

Anyone with additional information about the assaults or those who think they may have been a victim are asked to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794 or Newport Beach Police Det. David Syvock at (949) 644-3771.

Regragui is scheduled to be arraigned in custody Jan. 6, according to court records.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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