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USAC councilmember facing sexual battery charges released on bond

By Sam Hoff

April 6, 2014 2:02 p.m.

Undergraduate student government officer Omar Arce, who is facing sexual battery and other charges, was released on bond Sunday morning.

Arce was released from the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was being held on $50,000 bail.

He pleaded not guilty Friday to three counts of sexual battery, one count of battery and one count of false imprisonment. If he is convicted of all charges, he could face a maximum sentence of four and a half years in prison.

Arce, 21, is the Undergraduate Students Association Council community service commissioner and a fourth-year international development studies student.

He was arrested by university police Wednesday after a female student reported an alleged series of sexual batteries involving Arce between October and March.

Arce’s next court date, a preliminary hearing setting, will be on April 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Courthouse.

The case is under investigation by UCPD. Anyone with information about this case can call Det. Richard Davis at (310) 825-9371. To report anonymously, call (310) 794-5824.

Compiled by Sam Hoff, Bruin staff.

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