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Police arrest convicted rapist who changed name to Avril Lavigne

May 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police arrest convicted rapist who changed name to Avril Lavigne

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Oregon Police has arrested a convicted rapist who changed his name to Avril Lavigne — after failing to register as a sex offender, KATU-TV reported.

Authorities have accused 30-year-old Avril Lavigne, formerly known as Romany Yves Mesina of stalking women with a camera and posting their photo on social media sites, according to Portland Police Sgt. Peter Simpson.

A judge approved his request to assume legally the famous singer-songwriter’s name whose hits include “I’m With You” and “Girlfriend.”

Police booked Lavigne under his birth name into the custody of the Multnomah County Detention Center on Monday night.

During an appearance at the Multnomah County court on Tuesday, Lavigne pleaded not guilty and defended himself saying he registered as a sex offender while he was in jail back in January, KATU-TV reported.

However, neither of his names appear on the Oregon online registry of sex offenders.

Lavigne was required to register as a sex offender for a 2009 second-degree rape conviction. Oregon law defines second-degree rape as sexual intercourse with a victim under the age of 14.

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