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Jury trial set for accused rapist

• Adrian Arriano pleaded not guilty to 27 counts.

Posted: April 18, 2008 1:23 a.m.
Updated: June 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.
SAN FERNANDO - Formal charges were officially filed against accused rapist Adrian Arriano on Thursday morning at the San Fernando Superior Court. After Deputy District Attorney Angela Jordan read 27 total counts to the judge, Arriano entered a plea of not guilty.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper scheduled a jury trial in the matter for June 13.

Arriano, 30, of Canyon Country, was arrested last Sept. 10 and is charged with 27 counts in connection with several rapes and break-ins around Canyon Country during the first half of 2007.

Charges include one count of attempted murder, nine counts of forcible rape, four counts of sexual penetration by foreign object, three counts of sodomy, three counts of forced oral copulation, four counts of burglary, one count of false imprisonment by violence, one count of residential robbery and one count of assault to commit a felony during a burglary.

The burglary charges were originally filed under one case and the rape and assault charges under another, but the two were consolidated into one single filing, according to Scheper.

If convicted, Arriano, a twice-deported illegal immigrant, could face life in prison.

Arriano's next scheduled appearance is on May 19 for a pre-trial conference in Dept. H.

He is being held at the Men's Central Jail in lieu of $10.5 million bail.


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