WESTWOOD—Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department arrested a UCLA football player on Thursday, October 8 for suspicion of rape. 20-year-old Adam Searl, a member of the UCLA football team, was taken into custody without incident while on campus.
The incident in question occurred on October 19, 2014, when a female student at UCLA reported that she was the victim of a sexual assault. She met Searl outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. He accompanied the victim to her nearby residence.
According to the LAPD website blog, the victim fell asleep and awoke to find the suspect sexually assaulting her. After an investigation, the victim was able to identify Searl to detectives from the LAPD’s Operations West Bureau—Special Assault Section. He was booked on three counts of rape, a violation of section 261 (a) (2) of the California Penal Code, and bail was set at $300,000.
The case was presented for felony filing consideration to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Searl is a sophomore at the university and originates from Irvine, California. He also participated in soccer and golf at Irvine High School. For the 2014 season, Searl had 11 punts for the football team, in addition to 11 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. In 2013, he was named to the Fall Quarter Director’s Academic Honor Roll.
Any additional victims or people with information about this crime are asked to call Operations West Bureau—Special Assault Section at 213-473-0447. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.