Ex-Marine found guilty in Arlington

Saturday, October 16, 2010; A1

A former U.S. Marine was convicted Friday of abducting and raping a University of Maryland graduate student who he then left for dead in a secluded, wooded area on a cold February morning.

Jorge Torrez, 21, also was found guilty of attacking the woman's friend, and of trying to kidnap another woman at gunpoint a few weeks earlier, prosecutors said. The Arlington County Circuit Court jury recommended that the judge sentence Torrez to five life sentences plus 168 years in prison.

Torrez approached the 23-year-old woman and a friend who were returning to Arlington after a Saturday night out in February, according to testimony. He forced them inside the friend's home, and bound them using electrical cords from a vacuum cleaner and an iron.

Torrez eventually forced the 23-year-old woman into his SUV and drove around, stopping to rape her. They ended up in a remote area of Prince William County, where Torrez pulled the woman's scarf around her neck until she blacked out. She awoke face down in the snow, cold, wet and scared.

During the trial, jurors heard evidence that included the fact the rape victim's DNA was found on Torrez's clothes, and her student ID card and earring was found in his SUV.

Torrez, a former Marine who was living at Henderson Hall on Fort Myer at the time of the attacks, was discharged in April. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10 in the Virginia cases.

- Maria Glod

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