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The Latest: Alleged rapist posed as ride-hailing driver

February 27, 2018 - 5:36 PM

LOS ANGELES - The Latest on the arrest of an alleged rapist police say posed as a ride-hailing driver (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Bail has been set at $10 million for a Southern California man suspected of sexually assaulting seven women while posing as a driver for ride-hailing companies.

City News Service reports arraignment was postponed Tuesday until March 8 for Nicolas Morales.

The Santa Clarita resident faces 27 charges including nine counts of forcible oral copulation and six counts of rape. Prosecutors say a knife was used in some of the attacks, which allegedly occurred during a 15-month span.

It wasn't immediately known if the 44-year-old has an attorney.

If convicted as charged, he could face up to 300 years to life in prison.

2:30 p.m.

Authorities say a man who posed as a driver for ride-hailing companies has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting seven women over a 15-month period in Los Angeles County.

The district attorney's office says Nicolas Morales faces 27 charges including nine counts of forcible oral copulation and six counts of rape. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. It wasn't immediately known if the 44-year-old has an attorney.

The alleged assaults happened across greater Los Angeles from late 2016 until the beginning of this year. Prosecutors say a knife was used in some of the attacks.

Morales has been jailed since his arrest Feb. 23. Prosecutors are asking bail be set at $10 million.

If convicted as charged, he could face up to 300 years to life in prison.

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