Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, once featured on "America's Next Top Model," was found guilty of 14 felonies, including forcible rape, and two misdemeanors in a Los Angeles court. The jury reached the verdict after two weeks of deliberation.
The 34-year-old designer faces a mandatory life sentence, and must serve 67 years before he is eligible for parole. His attorney Larry Levine said Alexander would appeal. "This case is not over by a long shot," Levine told reporters.
Alexander is also under indictment in New York on similar charges and under investigation in Texas and Massachusetts. "The ones that we know of are probably the tip of the iceberg," prosecutor Frances Young said outside court after the verdict.
Young said she was relieved by the verdicts and credited the victims with having the courage to testify. "Mr. Alexander is a 34-year-old man who masquerades as a fashion designer," Young said. "Similar to the way pedophiles surround themselves with children, he chose a career where be could be surrounded by young, very naive, very impressionable girls ... and victimized them."
Alexander's attorneys say there was a lack of physical evidence and that the women lied in court. Levine said several victims remained in contact with Alexander by cell phone after the alleged assaults.
Prosecutors said it was Alexander who kept in contact with the victims.
Alexander was convicted of forcible rape, multiple counts of committing a lewd act on a child, attempted forcible oral copulation, and attempted sexual assault. The victims ages ranged from 14-21.
He was found not guilty of four other felony charges, including sexual penetration by a foreign object, oral copulation of a person under 18, and unlawful sexual intercourse. Jurors could not reach a verdict on three counts, and Superior Court Judge David Wesley declared a mistrial on those charges.
Sentencing is set for January.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.