Warning: This article contains graphic content relating to sexual assault.
A second-year UC Santa Barbara pre-biology major is set to have a hearing on seven felony charges of sexual assault on Nov. 5, following his arrest by the UC Police Department at Oakland Airport. The student, Arian Eteghaei, is facing seven felony charges, one misdemeanor charge and two enhancements — or additional charges within the California Penal Code that could possibly increase his prison time.
Eteghaei has been charged with the following: two counts of rape by force/fear/etc., two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, two counts of forcible oral copulation, false imprisonment with violence/etc., and battery with spouse/ex-spouse/date/etc. His bail bond was set to be $100,000, and he is currently out on bail.
Eteghaei pleaded not guilty to all eight charges on Aug. 16, and the two enhancements made on June 8 under Judicial Officer Clifford R. Anderson III — violent felony/rape and serious felony/rape — were denied on Aug. 16.
The Nexus will continue to report on this case as more information becomes available.
A version of this article appeared on p. 4 of the Sept. 30, 2021 print edition of the Daily Nexus.