Glendale water polo player arrested on suspicion of rape

Former All-Area Boys’ Water Polo Player of the Year Hakop Kaplanyan was arrested on suspicion of rape, according to a statement released Monday by UCLA.

Now a UCLA freshman water polo player, Kaplanyan, 18, was arrested after a female student reported the alleged assault to UCLA campus police, university officials stated.

Kaplanyan, who was a redshirt freshman this season for the Bruins, is out on $200,000 bail after being taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Inmate Reception Center, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

He was arrested on April 2 and is due in court on April 25.

The university’s statement said Kaplanyan had been suspended from the school, but the suspension was subject to appeal.

A female student called an “acquaintance” of Kaplanyan in the statement reported that she was raped inside his residence hall. She reported the attack on April 2 and Kaplanyan was arrested later that day without incident.

Kaplanyan attended Clark Magnet High in La Crescenta, but played four years of varsity water polo for Hoover High and was one of the most decorated water polo players in area history.

In his senior season, Kaplanyan led Hoover to the CIF Southern Section semifinals for the first and only time in program history as he scored 139 goals to go with 103 steals and 47 assists. He ended his career, one in which he was three times voted the All-Area Boys’ Water Polo Player of the Year, with 593 career goals, which in 2011 was second all-time in state history. The run included a sophomore season in which he tallied 229 goals, which at the time was a single-season CIF Southern Section record before being broken in 2011.

[For the record: A previous version of this article stated Hakop Kaplanyan is 19. He is 18.]


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