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Port Hueneme man charged, accused of threatening daughter of a woman he’s known for decades

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VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - A Port Hueneme man has been charged with making threats to rape and kill the daughter of a woman he allegedly began stalking and harassing in 1991.

Serge Agopian, 49, was named in a three-count indictment that charges him with sending threatening emails and letters.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim is the daughter of a woman Agopian began harassing when they attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The charges against Agopian stem from three identical threatening communications he allegedly sent anonymously to the student in April.

FBI agents interviewed the victim's mother, who described how Agopian apparently saw her at a party in 1991, contacted her "out of the blue" even though they had never met, and began sending "unsolicited roses, cassette tapes with recorded love songs, poetry, letters, and condoms to her residence," according to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint.

The victim's mother told investigators that she asked Agopian to stop all communications, but she believed he continued to send packages anonymously after she moved to her parents' residence - including roses with dog feces and an item that resembled a bomb.

The victim's mother got restraining orders that were in effect for nearly 10 years. Agopian continued to contact her, including in the fall of 1991 in the UCSB bookstore, where he pushed her into a shelf of books. Agopian was arrested for that incident.

Agopian later filed a defamation lawsuit against the victim's mother. For many years after the lawsuit was resolved, the victim's mother and her family received "very vulgar, lewd, and obscene letters," which she believed came from Agopian, according to the affidavit.

One of the letters reportedly sent to the victim in April had a fingerprint that matched Agopian's fingerprints.

Agopian is charged with one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of mailing threatening communications, each of which carries a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

Agopian was arrested on August 5 and is scheduled to be arraigned on September 15.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Safety / Ventura County
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