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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary

Hearing Set for Suspect in UCLA Student Assaults

March 15, 2000

LOS ANGELES — Another hearing was set Tuesday for the man suspected of posing as a talent scout to lure 14 UCLA students to his apartment and secretly videotaping his sexual assaults on them.

Michael Peers, 50, is due back in court April 4. He remains jailed, with bond set at $38,500. Prosecutors and defenders said they are still reviewing evidence, but expect the trial to begin April 14.

The UCLA women allegedly were lured to an apartment in 1998 with promises of jobs in the entertainment industry. Prosecutors said Peers had the women fill out bogus applications and had some disrobe on the pretext of taking their measurements. Peers allegedly then molested and battered them.

Peers faces 31 counts of battery, sexual battery, grand theft, unlawful penetration with a foreign object and unlawfully videotaping a person without their knowledge. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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