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14 Years Later, Man Sentenced for Sexual Assault Near Campus

April 17, 2018


Benjamin Filoberto Paz, 54, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on April 9 for sexually assaulting a Georgetown student in her townhouse in February 2004.

Paz, a Maryland native, pled guilty to one count of first degree sexual abuse and one count of first degree burglary, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C.

Paz was initially arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department on March 22, 2017 and has since remained in police custody.

In the early morning hours of Feb 22, 2004, Paz, 40 years old at the time, illegally entered the house of a 21-year-old Georgetown student and sexually assaulted her. However, Paz ran after the victim managed to call the police, subsequently evading arrest.

This was not be the first time Paz committed this crime. According to a 2017 press release from the MPD at the time of his arrest in March, he also committed another sexual assault in June 2002, on Prospect Street NW, the same street where he committed the 2004 assault.

In addition to the two sexual assaults, Paz is also accused of peering into the townhouses and dorms of female Georgetown students, climbing inside on a few occasions.

Both in between and after these crimes, Paz supposedly led a “double life,” working in construction and attending Sunday church services with his wife in Montgomery Village, MD, roughly 20 miles from Georgetown’s campus. With this facade, Paz misled many of his family and neighbors, hiding his acts and true personality.

 


Damian Garcia
Damian Garcia is a junior in the college studying government and history and is a contributing editor and former assistant news editor for the Voice. He enjoys playing board games and spending way too much time writing bios.


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