BEVERLY HILLS—The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office revealed on Tuesday, February 27 that Nicolas Morales, 44, of Santa Clara who posed as a rideshare driver was charged with raping seven women within a span of 15 months. Morales was arrested by officials from the Alhambra Police Department on February 23.
Morales was charged with 27 felony counts in case GA102960: nine counts of forcible oral copulation, six counts of rape, five counts sodomy by use of force, four counts of sexual penetration by foreign object, and one count each of assault with intent to commit a felony, attempted sodomy by use of force and attempted kidnapping to commit another crime.
The felony complaint includes multiple victims and knife allegations. He was arraigned in Department 5 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Alhambra Branch on February 27. Prosecutors are asked for bail to be set at $10.3 million. Deputy District Attorney Presciliano Duran of the Victim Impact Program is assigned to the case.
From October 2016 to January 2018, Morales is accused of raping and sexually assaulting seven separate women while posing as a rideshare driver in several cities throughout Los Angeles County, including Alhambra, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Los Angeles. If the defendant is convicted as charged, he could face a maximum sentence of 300 years to life in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration.
The case is being investigated by the Alhambra Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.