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UCLA water polo player arrested on suspicion of rape

April 08, 2013|By Andrew Blankstein

A UCLA freshman water polo player was arrested on suspicion of rape after a female student reported the alleged assault to UCLA campus police, university officials said Monday.

Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, a red shirt freshman who plays the attacker position on the team, is out on $200,000 bail after being taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Inmate Reception Center downtown.

Kaplanyan was arrested Wednesday in connection with the alleged attack. He is due in court to face charges April 25.

University officials did not release many details about the alleged incident.

In a statement they said Kaplanyan, 18 and an undeclared freshman from Glendale, "has been suspended from the university, subject to an appeal." The incident remains under investigation.

A female student reported that Kaplanyan, who was an acquaintance, had raped her inside his residence hall, said Nancy Greenstein, UCLA Police Department spokeswoman.

She reported the attack to police late on April 2, and Kaplanyan was arrested without incident.

According to his profile on the UCLA Athletics site, Kaplanyan played at Hoover High School and was a three-time first team All-CIF selection and was twice named league most valuable player before joining the UCLA water polo team. As a sophomore in 2009, he set what was then the CIF single-season record of 229 goals.


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