HCSO seeks info about alleged car dealership sex assaults

Riku Melartin, George Koutani accused of having sexual contact with 16-year-old

George Koutani, Riku Melartin

CROSBY, Texas - Investigators are asking the public for information regarding an alleged series of sexual assaults at a car dealership, and they said there may be more possible victims.

Riku Melartin, the owner of John Keating Chevrolet in Crosby, has been charged with sexual assault of a child. According to court documents, he had sex with a 16-year-old female employee.

Another employee of the dealership, George Koutani, has been accused of fondling the teen. He has been charged with indecency with a child.

According to court records, all of the incidents happened between August and October.

"The complainant believed Riku gave her a total close to $500.00 dollars [sic] between the three incidents," court documents read.

Prosecutors said the incidents came to light when the teen's stepfather, who is listed in court records as working for Melartin at the dealership, received an anonymous call. Court records read the stepfather told detectives the caller said "he overhead George Koutani bragging at the dealership about him having sex with the complaint."

On Friday, detectives said they think other employees at the dealership may have information about the alleged assaults. Deputies said they also think it's possible that the 16-year-old was not the only person to have encounters with Melartin and Koutani.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Melartin was heralded by some as a hero 11 months ago.

Last February, Melartin recounted for Local 2 how he helped stop a man who robbed an elderly neighbor in Bellaire. Melartin's story went viral on the web, in part because of how he referred to his .50 caliber handgun as his "dancing partner."

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