Police: Former Brownsburg High School valedictorian arrested at UCLA

Police said Meyer tried to choke female

LOS ANGELES - A former Brownsburg High School valedictorian was accused of trying to strangle a female student during a fraternity party in California, police said.

Paul Meyer, BHS class of 2011, was charged in connection with assault with intent to commit rape and false imprisonment, UCLA campus police reported.

UCLA police responded to a call about an aggravated assault at a fraternity house west of the UCLA campus Friday night.

Police said Meyer, 20, choked the 18-year-old victim, a female UCLA student.

She was treated and released from the medical center.

"That's really scary cause the attacks we've heard are mostly up close, especially when (it involves) another student. That's really scary," said UCLA student Daniela Abrams.

Meyer was released on $100,000 bail Saturday, an ABC affiliate reported.

A friend who went to school with Meyer said that Meyer is shy, very smart and sensitive. He said he is surprised by his arrest and does not believe he is guilty.

Police are investigating if alcohol played a role in the assault and the investigation is ongoing.

The same fraternity made the news two years ago when a student died during a party.

Meyer is due for arraignment April 4.

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