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Man convicted as “D.C. Groper” deported

A man convicted of using his bicycle to grope several women in and around Dupont Circle last summer was deported on Wednesday to Nicaragua, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Oscar Mauricio Cornejo Pena, 31, had been living in the U.S. illegally, federal officials said, and he was sent back to his home country after completing a 180-day jail sentence. He had pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to four counts of misdemeanor sex abuse.

“Cornejo has proven to be a danger to the community and it is ICE’s top priority in the interest of public safety to ensure his removal from the United States,” immigration officials said in a statement.

The suspect, who became known as the “D.C. Groper,” worked at the St. Regis Hotel at the time of his arrest. The case gained attention after photographer Liz Gorman went public to say she was groped. Her case was not among those prosecuted because she did not see her attacker’s face.

Other victims gave matching descriptions of a man with a gray baseball hat bearing an Under Armour logo, a black bike and a green backpack. Prosecutors said Cornejo-Pena pleaded guilty to two attacks in the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue and others in the 1900 block of Q Street and at 16th Street and New Hampshire Avenue, all in Northwest. All occurred in August.


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