Santa Clarita man allegedly posed as rideshare driver charged with series of rapes, sexual assault

- A Santa Clarita man accused of posing as a rideshare driver and sexually assaulting seven women over a 15-month period made his first court appearance Tuesday on more than two dozen felony charges and
has his bail set at $10.3 million.
  
Nicolas Morales, 44, is scheduled to be arraigned March 8 at the Alhambra courthouse on 27 counts: nine counts of forcible oral copulation, six counts of rape, five counts of sodomy by use of force, four counts of sexual penetration by a 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 criminal complaint includes allegations of knife use and multiple victims.
  
Morales is accused of sexually assaulting seven women while falsely representing himself as a ridehailing driver in areas throughout Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Alhambra, from October 2016 to January 2018, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
  
Morales, who was arrested at his home last Friday by Alhambra police, could face up to 300 years to life in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted, according to the District Attorney's Office.
 
  

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