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Man Promises Teen Modeling Job, Then Tries to Sexually Assault Her

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The legend of the casting couch usually involves an older man sleeping with a young girl after promising her an acting or modeling career. But in today's refreshing news, this tired old tale ends not with a sexual encounter, but with the older man getting kicked in the face and the girl getting away.

Shota Mgeladze, 33, was arrested in Santa Monica on November 29 after he allegedly saw a teenage girl standing outside a school (someone's been watching too much porn), used a ruse to get her in his car, then told her he could make her a model. After deploying that tried and true pick-up line, he pulled over to the curb and grabbed her leg. And then, according to a statement from the LAPD, "The victim kicked the suspect in the face and shoulder area, got out of the car and ran away."

Authorities are looking for other victims, so if you have any information call Detective Kim Porter, Operations-West Bureau, Sexual Assault Detail at (213) 473-0447, or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 after hours.

UPDATE: In April 2012, the case was dismissed in court due to insufficient evidence, according to court documents.