A former UCLA freshman water polo player was arraigned on March 3 on an eight-count indictment charging him with forcible rape and other charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.
The defendant, Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 19, of Glendale, pleaded not guilty before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo, who unsealed the grand jury indictment at a morning hearing.
Deputy District Attorney Liliana Gonzalez said Kaplanyan is charged with one felony count each of forcible rape; false imprisonment by violence; possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct; and a misdemeanor count of sexual battery by restraint.
He also faces two felony counts each of sexual penetration by a foreign object and assault with intent to commit rape. The defendant is currently being held on $590,000 bail.
The charges involve three victims who were allegedly sexually assaulted between Oct. 1, 2012 and April 2. The defendant was arrested on Feb. 28.
If convicted of all charges, he faces 37 years and four months in state prison. The case remains under investigation by the UCLA Police Department.
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