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Pittsburgh restaurant owner charged with sexual assault denied bail again

August 6, 2018

Adnan Hilton Pehlivan

A judge denied bail for a third time on Wednesday for a Pittsburgh restaurant owner charged with stalking and sexually assaulting a woman on the city’s South Side.

Adnan Pehlivan, 47, appeared Tuesday in front of Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey Manning via satellite from the Allegheny County Jail to make his third request for bond modification.

Pehlivan, who owns Regent Square’s Istanbul Sofra, has been in jail since late May when he was charged with crimes including burglary, indecent assault and sexual assault.

Manning wrote in the denial that Pehlivan and his attorney, Lee Rothman, offered “nothing new” in his third request other than a photo showing Pehlivan at a fundraiser with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said Tuesday afternoon he was appalled at the use of the photo in Pehlivan’s motion for bail.

“While the defendant remains cloaked in the presumption of innocence, this Court has not been presented with anything new that would cause it to reconsider its prior finding that no conditions, or combination of conditions, would reasonably assure the safety of the community,” Manning wrote.

Rothman had argued that his client is “civic-minded” and has close ties to the community, including his restaurant and family. Deputy District Attorney Jen DiGiovanni said Pehlivan remains a flight risk and danger to the community.

Manning denied two previous attempts by Pehlivan to reinstate bail, and each time DiGiovanni offered new evidence against his release, including surveillance footage allegedly showing Pehlivan systematically stalking the alleged victim and two friends as they walked on East Carson Street.

Evidence at a second bail hearing included video pulled from Pehlivan’s phone that depicted a man sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Pehlivan is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with an unconscious person, burglary, sexual assault, aggravated indecent sexual assault, simple assault and three counts of stalking. He is alleged to have followed three women home from a South Side bar May 15 after buying them drinks. He allegedly broke into the home and began sexually assaulting one of the women while she slept.

All charges were held for trial at a June 19 preliminary hearing. Formal arraignment is scheduled for next week.

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