[UPDATED with Jason Ara Erpinar's Victims Speak:] Did This Man Rape You?
UPDATE, AUG. 25, 9:40 A.M.: Two of convicted rapist Jason Ara Erpinar's three victims were in the courtroom when Judge James E. Rogan sentenced the 22-year-old Yorba Lindan to 15 years in state prison.
With time served in jail already, he will likely spend seven to eight years in a prison cell.
Erpinar, Rogan and others in the Fullerton courtroom got an earful from two victims Wednesday.
Greg Hardesty of the Orange County Register reports that one woman tearfully said Erpinar will cease to exist in her eyes. The 25-year-old reportedly called him "a disgrace to the human race," refused to allow what he did to define her and said she can now "find closure."
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As another victim watched from the gallery, an investigator with the district attorney's office read a victim-impact statement from a third woman Erpinar raped, reports Hardesty, noting none of the females knew one another before their nightmares began.
The statement that was read reportedly expressed hopes Erpinar will spend his prison time reflecting on his crimes, that he will never attack again and that the rapes will "haunt" him wherever he goes.
She also wrote of being sickened by Erpinar's claim the sex was consensual and of suffering depression after being raped that forced her to quit school and work because she "felt dirty."
The woman added a parting shot.
"I hope that someday you get raped."
He's headed to the right place for that.
UPDATE, AUG. 25, 9:18 A.M.: 22-year-old Yorba Lindan Jason Ara Erpinar, who pleaded guilty Monday to raping three women, two of whom he met on MySpace, has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison.
UPDATE, AUG. 22, 4:10 P.M.: I'd almost forgotten about this case. Then I typed the defendant's name into the Weekly search engine, and I remembered all over again. It's that There's Something About Mary-style hair flip that did it.
Anyway, despite the 148 back-and-forth, did-he-or-didn't-he comments in our original 2009 blog post about the arrest of Jason Ara Erpinar, the now-22-year-old Yorba Linda man today pleaded guilty to raping three women, two of whom he met on MySpace.
The women of MySpace, ages 18 and 22, went out on dates with Erpinar, who got them drunk and raped them. One of these women awoke with a cracked tooth and scrapes on her face the next morning.
The third victim, Erpinar's ex-girlfriend, was physically abused by him while they dated. Why she even went out with him is a mystery because she told authorities he forced himself on her while she was still a minor.
Erpinar could get up to 15 years in state prison at his sentencing hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Jason Ara Erpinar, 20, of Yorba Linda, was originally looking at 45 years in prison.
Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney
ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 10, 2009, 1:20 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office is reaching out to the public today to determine if there are other victims of a 20-year-old Yorba Linda man charged with raping three women.
Jason Ara Erpinar is alleged to have met two of his victims on MySpace. He faces up to 45 years in state prison if he is convicted of the two felony counts of rape by use of drugs, one felony count of forcible rape, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for sexual crimes against multiple victims against him.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled Friday morning at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, where Erpinar also faces two other felony charges of first-degree residential burglary and receiving stolen property in an unrelated case.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY SEEKS PUBLIC'S HELP IN IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF MAN CHARGED WITH RAPING THREE WOMEN
* The defendant is accused of meeting two of his victims on MySpace
FULLERTON - The Orange County District Attorney's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying potential additional victims of a Yorba Linda man who is charged with raping three women. Jason Ara Erpinar, 20, is charged with two felony counts of rape by use of drugs, one felony count of forcible rape, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for sexual crimes against multiple victims. If convicted, Erpinar faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison. Erpinar is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for pre-trial tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton. Erpinar is also charged with one felony count of first degree residential burglary and one felony count of receiving stolen property in an unrelated case.
Case # 09NF2881: Sexual Assault Charges
Erpinar is accused of meeting 18-year-old Jane Doe #1 on the social networking website MySpace. He is accused of contacting the victim by phone and email and inviting her to a party in La Habra. At the party on March 7, 2009, Erpinar is accused of taking the victim to a bathroom and raping her while she was prevented from resisting by an intoxicating substance.
On March 26, 2008, Erpinar is accused of inviting 22-year-old Jane Doe #2 to a hotel room after meeting her on MySpace. He is accused of raping Jane Doe #2 in Newport Beach after she was prevented from resisting by an intoxicating substance. Jane Doe #2 woke up the next day with a cracked tooth and scrapes on her face.
During an investigation by the La Habra Police Department, the defendant's ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old Jane Doe #3, was contacted. Between August 2006 and October 2007, Erpinar is accused of forcibly raping her on several occasions while being physically abusive in their relationship.
Case # 08SF0567: Burglary Charges
On July 6, 2008, Erpinar is accused of going to a party at a friend's house. After being asked to leave the party, Erpinar is accused of returning to the home and stealing a purse, wallet, computer equipment, and video games. The defendant is accused of then going to a motel in Fullerton, where he was staying, and giving some of the stolen goods to a friend.
Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Tim Craig at (714) 347-8558.
Deputy District Attorney Mark Sacks of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.