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Jury selection begins in Arriano trial for rapes in Canyon Country

Alleged attacker faces 29 counts, deportation

Posted: January 5, 2009 9:34 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Jury selection begins in the rape trial of alleged knife-point rapist Adrian Arriano today.

Arriano is facing 29 charges connected with his alleged rapes in Canyon Country in 2007.

He is charged with one count of attempted murder, 10 counts of forcible rape, five counts of sexual penetration by a 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.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Arriano was identified by Erin O'Brien after he allegedly broke into her apartment and allegedly tried to assault her, according to a sheriff's report.

The composite sketch based on O'Brien's description helped deputies arrest Arriano after he allegedly tried to climb into a second-floor condominium in Newhall on Sept. 10, 2007.

Arriano is also facing a deportation hold against him for jumping the Mexican-United States border for a second time.

The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service placed a deportation hold on Arriano.

INS will deport Arriano a third time regardless of the rape case outcome, said Lori Haley, INS spokeswoman.

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