A man arrested nearly two weeks ago was arraigned at the Mojave Branch of Kern County Superior Court Friday, Sept. 6.
David Partovi, 78, was arrested by Kern County Sheriff's deputies at his residence in the 23000 block of Woodford Tehachapi Road at about 2 p.m. on Aug. 25, according to senior deputy Dannie Bowling.
Although he had been free on $500,000 bail, Partovi was taken back into custody Friday after his bail was raised.
Deputy District Attorney David Zulfa petitioned Judge Kenneth Pritchard for higher bail, specifically $1.5 million.
Bail was originally set based on charges requested by the Kern County Sheriffs Department, Zulfa said.
“Upon review...it was determined by myself as a representative of the District Attorney’s office that they were more serious charges, including several charges that could result in life imprisonment,” Zulfa said in court.
The revised felony charges now number six: rape by force/fear/etc., oral copulation by use of force or injury, sodomy by use of force or injury, sexual penetration with force/etc., assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and threaten with intent to terrorize.
Previously, the charges included rape by a foreign object and false imprisonment with violence.
Zulfa wanted bail raised "given the serious nature and the violence, quite frankly, that were involved."
Representing Partovi, Tehachapi attorney Alan Klein contended Partovi posed no flight risk and no public danger.
During his arguments, Klein revealed that the defendant and victim had met over the Internet and maintained an in-person relationship over the course of a year.
“Nothing ever happened [during that year],” Klein said. “There was no danger to the victim whatsoever. After having this relationship... she had been living with her son, her 11-year-old son, in [Partovi’s] home in Tehachapi for approximately a month...Then all the sudden there’s this one alleged incident.”
After considering the money already posted by Partovi, the judge agreed to raise bail to $1 million, despite Klein’s pleas to postpone the decision until the court could hear evidence in the case.
“The bail schedule is there for a reason,” Pritchard said.
Deputies responded to Partovi's home on Aug. 25 after the 11-year-old son of the 49-year-old victim reported his mother had been missing for about an hour.
When Bowling and other deputies arrived, they could hear faint sounds of distress coming from a detached garage located about 50 to 100 feet away from the house.
“At first we weren't sure what we were hearing, wind or something,” Bowling said. “However, as we got closer, the sound became more distinct and we were able to determine that it was a female voice screaming.”
Deputies entered the garage and found Partovi and the female victim, who was partially nude, bound and gagged. Evidence pointed to a sexual assault and Partovi was immediately taken into custody.
The victim was transported by ground ambulance to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield and is now reported to be on the East Coast with her son.
Partovi is due back in court for a pre-preliminary hearing Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. in Mojave.