Suspended UCLA water polo star Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 19, has been charged with multiple counts of rape, “false imprisonment through violence, possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, and a misdemeanor count of sexual battery by restraint,” reports NBC Los Angeles.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Knows At Least One of His Alleged Victims
The charges stem from April 2013 when Kaplanyan was first accused of raping a woman, whom he knew, at a residence hall at UCLA, reports The Los Angeles Times. Now, NBC Los Angeles reports that there are two other victims who are accusing Kaplanyan of raping them between October 2012 and April 2013.
2. Kaplanyan Could Face 37 Years in Prison
He will appear in court at 3:30 p.m. local time today in Los Angeles to answer to the charges. If found guilty on all counts, he will face 37 years in prison.
3. He’s Been Suspended From School Since April 2013
Since the first allegation in April 2013, Kaplanyan has been suspended from UCLA and forbidden from going on campus. He appealed the suspension but lost. His lawyer, Berc Agopogulu, told The Los Angeles Times back in April 2013, “We believe this matter wil be resolved once the investigation is complete. Needless to say, Mr. Kaplanyan and his family are devastated and shocked by the recent developments. They kindly request their privacy be respected and would like this matter be resolved fairly and expeditiously.”
4. His Mother Says Kaplanyan is ‘Not One of Those Guys’
In 2013, a group of his friends and family made a YouTube video declaring Kaplanyan’s innocence (above).
His mother, Marine Kaplanyan told KTLA that she believes her son is innocent:
It’s so easy for them to just accuse a person without, like, telling the truth. My son is innocent, I can tell you that and we’re going to prove that, because he’s not one of those guys.
5. He Was a Record-Setting Water Polo Prodigy
Torian White a UCLA football player has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. White was arrested on November 17 at an apartment close to the UCLA campus.Click here to read more