BPD arrests former high school football star as accused serial rapist

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police have arrested a former high school football star in connection with multiple sexual assaults at or near Bakersfield College.

Brandon Robinson, 19, is being held on counts in four cases. He was booked late last night into the downtown jail.

In the first case, Robinson is charged with four felonies, alleging forced sex acts. He's held on $260,000 bail in that case.

In the second case, Robinson is charged with six felonies, including rape of a person under 14 and kidnapping. His bail in that case is set at $360,000.

The third case includes three felony charges, including rape, second-degree robbery and assault with intent to commit rape. His bail is set at $85,000 in that case.

Robinson is also being held on a warrant related to a misdemeanor trespassing charge. His bail is set at $10,000. Robinson was set to be sentenced on those charges today at 1:30 p.m. He was arrested on May 18, 2016, and pleaded no contest on Sept. 16, 2016.

Robinson is scheduled to be arraigned on the three rapes on May 15 at 3 p.m.

Bakersfield Police arrested Robinson on Thursday at Bakersfield College, after a student reported seeing a man sexually assaulting a woman in the women's restroom. Campus police responded, and reportedly witnessed the assault.

Police believe Robinson is the same man who raped a teenager last month. On April 21, a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at gunpoint while walking to school. The assault happened near Haley Street and Vanderbilt Drive, near Bakersfield College. The victim said she was forced into an alley, robbed and raped, before the man took her home and stole more money from her. Police released a composite sketch of the man, showing him wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and with a small mole on his cheek.

The third assault happened on March 2 in the 3000 block of Wenatchee Avenue, also near Bakersfield College, although details on that attack remain limited.

Robinson was a star on the football field for Centennial High School, spending three seasons as the teams feature running back. Robinson rushed for 660 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2015, his senior season. His season was cut short by a knee injury. As a junior in 2014, Robinson played in just two games, also suffering an injury. He burst onto the scene in 2013, his sophomore year, rushing for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games.

He announced his intent to play college football at the University of Wyoming, a NCAA Division I school, in January 2016, but did not enroll at the school. The University says Robinson never signed a letter of intent with the program.

Robinson was not a member of the Renegade football team at Bakersfield College.

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