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UCLA Water Polo Player Hakop Kaplanayan Accused of Rape

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A water polo player at UCLA is being accused of raping a female acquaintance in her dorm room.

Hakop Kaplanayan, 18, was arrested on April 2 after a woman reported to police that day that she had been raped in the residence hall. 

He has since been suspended from school but will be able to appeal it.

Kaplanayan was released on $200,000 bail two days after he was booked. He's scheduled to return to court on April 25.

His water polo team website said he is a redshirt freshman from Glendale, Calif., and had played on the attacker position.

In his sophomore year of high school, he set the CIF single-session record of 229 goals. He played at Hoover High School and was a three-time first team All-CIF selection.

His mother and sister told KTLA that he is innocent and they will fight until it is proven.

"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," Marine Kaplanayan said. 

Sources: Daily Mail, KTLA