CT furniture shop owner charged with sexual assault inside store


A Connecticut furniture shop owner convinced a woman to go into the basement of his store to “test” a mattress — and then he sexually assaulted her down there, police said.

Hennawi Salem, owner of Salem Furniture in Bridgeport, was busted Tuesday for allegedly “luring a female customer” to his Porter Street business and asking her to “lay down” to try out the merchandise, Bridgeport police said.

Salem then told the woman the mattress was free before sexually assaulting her, police said.

Salem was taken into custody at his business on a warrant for fourth-degree sexual assault.

The allegedly lecherous owner had been previously arrested in September on charges of third-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a child after three female victims made “similar accusations,” police said.

Salem was…

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