A 20-year-old football player with the University of California, Los Angeles, was arrested on Thursday and booked on three counts of rape. Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said that punter Adam Searl has been accused of raping another UCLA student at a 2014 off-campus party, according to an October 9 report from The Los Angeles Times.
Searl was released from jail several hours after his arrest after posting a $300,000 bond. UCLA Bruins’ Coach Jim Mora released a statement saying that the team was aware of the accusations against Searl and that the university was taking those accusations very seriously. Yahoo! News quoted Mora as saying in that statement that “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course.”
Mora added that there wouldn’t be any more comments at this time due to the ongoing joint police investigation being conducted by the LAPD and the UCLA Campus Police. Mora was featured in the 2014 video “Help UCLA Take a Stand Against Sexual Assault.”
Police say that the alleged rape took place on October 19, 2014. Reportedly, Searl met a female UCLA student at an off-campus house party in Westwood. According to the LAPD, Searl took the woman to another home nearby where she fell asleep. The victim said when she awoke, Searl was raping her.
LAPD Officer Jack Richter said that after reporting the rape, the woman didn’t know Searl and couldn’t provide an identity for her attacker. The Times quoted Richter as saying “It took them a long time. They went through photographs and other evidence to try to identify her attacker.”
“After an exhaustive investigation … she was able to identify UCLA student 20-year-old Adam Searl,” police said in a statement. UCLA police aided in the case, officials said. Searl was arrested on the UCLA campus, Richter said. ~ The Los Angeles Times
The police investigation concluded that evidence obtained from the alleged rape victim showed that there were multiple sex acts conducted by the suspect. The final police report is expected to be turned over to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.