Man, 23, Convicted Of Raping 3 Women, 2 He Met On MySpace
FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — A 23-year-old man was convicted for the second time on Thursday of raping three women, two of whom he connected with on the social networking website MySpace.
Jason Ara Erpinar of Yorba Linda was convicted of two felony counts of rape by intoxication and a felony count of forcible rape, according to Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney.
Although the defendant pleaded guilty to the rape charges in 2011 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, he later withdrew the plea and the case went to trial.
Between May and October 2007, Erpinar raped his then-girlfriend when she was 18 years old.
In May 2008, Erpinar asked a 22-year-old victim on a date through MySpace. They went to two Orange County parks and drank alcohol together.
The victim became severely intoxicated and was raped by Erpinar at a Newport Beach hotel.
She woke up the next morning with a cracked tooth and scrapes to her face.
Although she reported the crime to police, authorities said a criminal case couldn’t be filed at the time because of lack of evidence.
Erpinar met another girl on MySpace in 2009. He asked the 18-year-old victim to go to a house party in La Habra, according to Birney.
At the party, the victim became intoxicated and Erpinar raped her. She called the police the next day.
Erpinar faces a maximum sentence of 24 years in prison.
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