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Second woman sexually assaulted by boss, charges state

Mukesh Pathak Bindraban
Mukesh Pathak Bindraban
Utah County Jail

PROVO — The owner of a Utah County convenience store previously charged with sexually abusing an employee has now been charged with assaulting a second employee.

Mukesh Pathak Bindraban, 61, of Provo, was charged Friday in 4th District Court with rape, a first-degree felony. He was previously charged in January with object rape and forcible sodomy, both first-degree felonies, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

In 2006, a woman told investigators that she worked as a clerk at a Provo 7-Eleven. One night the owner, Bindraban, came into the store claiming he had been in an argument with his wife and would be sleeping in the store that night, according to charging documents.

A short time later, Bindraban called the woman into the office where he raped her, the charges state.

The woman recently told police that she “decided to come forward and disclose the rape because she’d seen a news story regarding (Bindraban) being accused of similar sexual misconduct by a recent employee,” the charges state.

In January, Bindraban was charged with inviting a 23-year-old employee to his house and sexually assaulting her, according to charging documents. The woman recorded some of the incident using an app on her cellphone.

The phone recorded more than 50 minutes “with the victim saying no and trying to come up with reasons that she needed to leave,” according to the charges.

The next day, Bindraban was charged with obstructing justice for allegedly trying to get another employee to hide evidence, charging documents state.