UCLA Water Polo Player Faces Rape Charges

An 18-year-old freshman water polo player at UCLA was arrested in connection with a sex assault

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    A former UCLA water polo player is pleading not guilty for allegedly raping multiple women. Hetty Chang reports from Downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 3, 2014.

    A former UCLA water polo player pleaded not guilty on Monday to eight counts of rape and other charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

    A Los Angeles County grand jury indictment charges Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 19, of Glendale, 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.

    Sex Assault Puts Focus on UCLA Violence

    [LA] Sex Assault Puts Focus on UCLA Violence
    An 18-year-old freshman water polo player at UCLA was arrested last Tuesday when another student said he raped her. Hakop Kaplanyan denies the allegations, and his attorney says he will be appealing his suspension. Tuesday, student activists were on campus passing out flyers and t-shirts to educate others about sexual violence. Angie Crouch reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 9, 2013.

    He also faces two felony counts each of sexual penetration by a foreign object and assault with intent to commit rape, prosecutors said.

    UCLA Water Polo Player Tries to Clear His Name

    [LA] UCLA Water Polo Player Tries to Clear His Name
    Hakop Kaplanyan, a UCLA water polo player arrested on suspicion of rape, returned to school Friday to try and get his suspension reversed. He and his lawyer met with the dean of students, to present him with a petition signed by 700 students. No charges have been filed against Kaplanyan after being arrested early April on suspicion of rape. Angie Crouch reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 26, 2013.

    A judge denied his request to reduce his bail, partly because there are three alleged victims.

    The alleged sexual assaults happened between Oct. 1, 2012 and April 2, 2013.

    UCLA Student Accused of Rape Says He's "Totally Innocent"

    [LA] UCLA Student Accused of Rape Says He's "Totally Innocent"
    Freshman Hakop Kaplanyan is out on bail after being arrested on suspicion of raping a fellow UCLA student. The water polo player, who is suspended during the investigation, says he has been wrongly accused. Jane Yamamoto reports from Century City for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 11, 2013.

    He was arrested on Friday.

    Sex Assault Puts Focus on UCLA Violence

    [LA] Sex Assault Puts Focus on UCLA Violence
    An 18-year-old freshman water polo player at UCLA was arrested last Tuesday when another student said he raped her. Hakop Kaplanyan denies the allegations, and his attorney says he will be appealing his suspension. Tuesday, student activists were on campus passing out flyers and t-shirts to educate others about sexual violence. Angie Crouch reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 9, 2013.

    His attorney denied the charges and said he has no criminal history.

    If convicted of all charges he faces 37 years and four months in state prison.

    UCLA Water Polo Player's Suspension Upheld Amid Rape Allegations

    [LA] UCLA Water Polo Player's Suspension Upheld Amid Rape Allegations
    UCLA's dean upheld Hakop Kaplanyan's suspension on Wednesday. A peer accused the water polo player of raping her while in his dorm room. No charges have been filed. Colleen Williams reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 1, 2013.

    The case remains under investigation by the UCLA Police Department.

    News of the case broke in April when Kaplanyan was arrested and suspended from the college after being accused of attacking a fellow student.

    Friends Vow Support for Student Accused in Rape

    [LA] Friends Vow Support for Student Accused in Rape
    Friends of UCLA water polo player Hakop Kaplanyan are supporting him in his effort to try to get his suspension from UCLA lifted after an arrest in connection with a sexual assault. He has not been charged with a crime. Angie Crouch reports from the campus for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday, April 26, 2013.

    A female acquaintance filed a report April 2 with UCLA police alleging that she was raped by Kaplanyan in a student residence hall.

    The star freshman with the university's top-rated water polo team tried to appeal his suspension but lost.

    College officials said he is no longer a student there.