Business owner appears in court in child porn case

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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The owner of a Vancouver mattress company faces child pornography allegations after police executed a search warrant at his business.

Mehdi Mojtabavi, 42, made his first court appearance Friday on suspicion of possessing and dealing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A detective with the Vancouver Police Department executed a search warrant Wednesday at Asayesh Incorporated, 5107 N.E. 94th Ave., Suite C, which is owned by Mojtabavi, according to an affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court.

Asayesh Incorporated is the parent company of Cuddle Mattress. The namesake mattress, which has horizontal slits to allow for easier cuddling, was designed by Mojtabavi in 2007, according to the business’ website.

Detectives seized a computer at the business and found images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the affidavit states.

Mojtabavi’s wife told detectives that she does not use the computer and neither does the business’ only other employee, a seamstress.

Judge Bernard Veljacic set Mojtabavi’s bail at $15,000 and scheduled his arraignment for June 26.