UCLA water polo player charged with rape

April 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 9 (UPI) -- A red-shirt freshman water polo player at the University of California at Los Angeles has been charged with raping a coed.

Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 18, was arrested April 2, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported. He was released on $200,000 bail and has been suspended from the university.

A hearing is scheduled April 25.

Police said the alleged victim, who described Kaplanyan as an acquaintance, reported April 2 he had sexually assaulted her that day in a UCLA residence hall.

Kaplanyan's mother, Marine, told KTLA Monday her son is innocent.

"It's so easy for them to just accuse a person without like telling the truth," she said during an interview at her home in Glendale. "My son is innocent, I can tell you that and we're going to prove that, because he's not one of those guys."

Kaplanyan played water polo for Hoover High School where he was a three-time first team selection for the California Interscholastic Federation and was named most valuable player twice. He set a CIF record for goals scored in his sophomore year.

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