|For Immediate Release
Case # 09NF2881
August 25, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON
FOR RAPING THREE WOMEN, TWO OF WHOM
HE MET ON MYSPACE
FULLERTON – A Yorba Linda man was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in state prison for raping three women, two of whom he met on MySpace. Jason Ara Erpinar, 22, pleaded guilty Aug. 22, 2011, to two felony counts of rape by intoxication and one felony count of forcible rape.
On March 26, 2008, Erpinar invited 22-year-old Jane Doe #2 on a date after meeting her on the social networking website, MySpace. He went with the victim to two Orange County parks and consumed alcohol with her, and the victim became severely intoxicated. Erpinar drove Jane Doe #2 to a Newport Beach hotel and raped her while she was unable to resist due to alcohol intoxication. When Jane Doe #2 woke up the following morning, she had a cracked tooth and several scrapes to her face. The victim went to the hospital and reported the case to the Newport Beach Police Department. A criminal case could not be filed due to a lack of sufficient evidence at that time.
Erpinar met 18-year-old Jane Doe #1 on MySpace. He contacted the victim by phone and e-mail and invited her to a house party in La Habra on March 7, 2009. At the party, Jane Doe #1 became severely intoxicated due to alcohol consumption and began to vomit. Erpinar raped her on the floor of a bedroom while she was unable to resist due to alcohol intoxication. Jane Doe #1 reported the rape the next day to the La Habra Police Department (LHPD).
During the investigation by LHPD, Erpinar’s ex-girlfriend, Jane Doe #3, was contacted. Erpinar was physically abusive toward Jane Doe #3 while they were in a dating relationship when she was 17 years old. Between August 2006 and October 2007, he forcibly raped her.
The three victims do not know each other.
During the sentencing yesterday, two of the victims gave impact statements to the court. Jane Doe #2 explained that she views Erpinar as less than human for what he did to her and two other women. She said that she now has trouble trusting people and is uncomfortable around people she doesn’t know. Jane Doe #1 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. It was rape and you know it, otherwise you wouldn’t have pleaded guilty. You hurt me more then you know physically, mentally and emotionally.”
Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case.