FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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District Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charges
In Attacks on Women in Dupont Circle Area
-Defendant Grabbed Victims As He Rode By on a Bicycle-
WASHINGTON - Oscar Mauricio Cornejo-Pena, 31, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to charges stemming from a series of sexual assaults on women last summer in the Dupont Circle area of Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Cornejo-Pena pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to four counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse. He is to be sentenced on Nov. 14, 2012, by the Honorable Stephen G. Milliken. Each of the charges carries a maximum of 180 days in jail.
According to the government’s evidence, Cornejo-Pena attacked the women in separate incidents during the month of August 2012, riding beside them on a bicycle and suddenly grabbing them in the buttocks. After committing the offenses, he rode away.
The guilty pleas involve four incidents. They took place on Aug. 6, at 2:40 p.m., in the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW; Aug. 8, at 2:15 p.m., in the 1900 block of Q Street NW; Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., in the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, and Aug. 10, at 6:37 p.m., at the intersection of 16th Street, New Hampshire Avenue and U Street NW. Surveillance video tied the defendant to the two attacks on Connecticut Avenue.
Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) met with Cornejo-Pena on Aug. 22, 2012, and he admitted to assaulting women in the Dupont Circle neighborhood while riding his bicycle in daylight hours. He also was shown the surveillance video from two of the four assaults and he admitted that he was the person in the footage.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the MPD, especially the detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit and the Second District officers who investigated the case. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim-Witness Advocate Lezlie Richardson, Paralegal Jason Manuel, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Trena Carrington. Finally, he thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Dineen Baker, who is prosecuting the case.