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Dupont Sexual Assault Victim Not Satisfied With Perpetrator’s Guilty Plea

Dupont Circle sexual assaulter Oscar Mauricio Cornejo-Pena pleaded guilty yesterday to four attacks, but at least one of his alleged victims isn't satisfied.

"There are other victims out there, and they are not going to feel any justice," says photographer Liz Gorman, who brought attention to Cornejo-Pena's crimes after she blogged about her own assault in July. Gorman's case, as well as others, were not included in the four counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse brought against Cornejo-Pena.

Cornejo-Pena was arrested in September after his sexual attacks, perpetrated while riding a bike around Dupont Circle, created a flurry in the area. All of attacks counts he pleaded guilty to occurred in August.

Gorman says she was disappointed by a lack of information from detectives after she reported the attack to the Metropolitan Police Department. Instead, she was forced to rely for updates from reporters like Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak, who wrote a series of articles about the attacks. "This case seemed to be a relatively big deal, and I seemed to be left out of the process," she says.

Cornejo-Pena faces almost two years on the four counts, but Gorman would like to see him do more time. "I don't think the justice system is really up to par with sexual assault cases," she says.

Photo by ryangwu used under a Creative Commons license.

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  • Maria

    Oh, get over it already.

    He groped you. That sucks and he's going to be punished for it. Now stop acting like he killed your mother. I think 2 years in prison for a handful of groping incidents is perfectly appropriate. Do you think he should be hanged for swatting you on the butt? Grow up already.

  • Jim

    Two years? Out in one on good behavior? Nice job. Don't we all love how the system releases these dangerous individuals back onto the street? Meanwhile, people get locked up without a key for victimless drug and weapon crimes.

    If all you do is mess with private citizens, the system doesn't want you. But if you mess with the cash flow or power of the elite wealthy, you go to jail forever.

    There was just another article about a guy going to court for murder. Only this is like the 3rd time he's done it. The first time he was sentenced to 15 years and was released in 7. Got out, did it again. Got out, did it again.

    Nice. Great. Glad to see the system is fair. You go America.

  • Lifer

    Here we go again with the feminist rant. If any of these chicks were in an upscale nightclub dressed in their best slinky black dress, and some handsome Harvard type grabbed their butt, they would smile and turn on the charm. But since the butt grab was done by a (gasp) Hispanic man, and it happened on the street, it becomes a crime punishable by castration. The old double standard is at work here -- some butt-grabs are OK, but others aren't. Sorry ladies, this guy shouldn't be going to jail at all.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Maria and Lifer: Nice comments, losers. If someone came up to you on the street and grabbed on you, I'm sure you'd be a lot more upset. It's compounded by the fact this asshole was an illegal alien, who wonderful DC thinks is just fine to have around.

    Pieces of shit, the two of you.

  • Chris

    @Maria and Lifer: I suggest you take a few minutes and follow the links back to the earlier articles. This is not a "butt-grab", to use lifer's term.