Bicycle groper pleads guilty to August attacks in Dupont Circle

November 8, 2012

The 31-year-old man who stoked fear around Dupont Circle this summer for groping women as he rode by them on his mountain bike pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse.

Oscar Mauricio Cornejo-Pena of Northwest Washington is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the Nicaraguan immigrant faces up to 180 days in jail on each count.

The case attracted attention after photographer Liz Gorman went public after she was groped, sparking a discussion about women who are grabbed, stared at and worse as they walk along public streets.

Gorman said she didn’t see her attacker’s face, and her case was not included in the charges filed upon Cornejo-Pena’s arrest. But other women gave police detailed and matching descriptions, including the suspect’s gray baseball hat with an Under Armour logo, black bike and green backpack.

Prosecutors said Cornejo-Pena pleaded guilty to two attacks in the 1200 block of Connecticut Ave. and others in the 1900 block of Q Street and at 16th Street and New Hampshire Avenue, all in Northwest. All occurred in August.

Police said Cornejo-Pena worked at the St. Regis Hotel at the time of his arrest.

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