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Man found guilty of raping ex-girlfriend, women he met on MySpace

Jason Ara ErpinarA Yorba Linda man who had pleaded guilty to raping an ex-girlfriend and two women he met on MySpace was convicted for the second time after he withdrew his plea.

Jason Ara Erpinar, 23, could face a longer jail term than the 15 years he was originally sentenced to after a jury convicted him of two felony counts of rape by intoxication and one felony count of forcible rape.

He now faces a maximum sentence of 24 years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney said he is still deciding what sentence to seek but told The Times Erpinar “is a serious and violent sexual predator … who needs to be separated from society for the longest period possible.”

Prosecutors say the rapes occurred between 2007 and 2009. Erpinar’s ex-girlfriend came forward during the course of the investigation and said Erpinar was physically abusive when the two were dating. Prosecutors say Erpinar raped the woman when she was 18 years old, between May and October 2007.    

Then in March 2008, Erpinar invited a 22-year-old woman on a date after meeting her on MySpace. The pair went to two Orange County parks and drank before Erpinar drove the victim to a Newport Beach hotel and raped her, the district attorney’s office said.

The woman woke up with a cracked tooth and several scrapes to her face, went to the hospital and reported the incident.

About a year later, Erpinar met another woman on MySpace, and invited her to a house party in La Habra. Prosecutors say Erpinar raped the intoxicated 18-year-old woman on the floor of a bedroom.

The three women do not know each other, prosecutors said.

Erpinar pleaded guilty to all counts in 2011 and was sentenced to 15 years in state prison. Two of the victims gave impact statements to the court, one woman saying she viewed Erpinar as less than human.

Another victim told the court: “It makes me sick to know that you were trying to say this was consensual. Were you deaf to the fact that I said no?”

But two months later, Erpinar made a motion to withdraw his guilty plea and decided to represent himself in court, Birney said. He added it was painful for the victims to have to come to court and be cross examined by their attacker, who Birney said appeared to enjoy representing himself.

“He appears to have a number of narcissistic traits,” Birney said of Erpinar.

Erpinar faces sentencing in October.

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-- Matt Stevens

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Photo: Jason Ara Erpinar. Credit: Orange County District Attorney's office.

 
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