More victims in serial rapist case, community reacts

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Paul Santos Mafnas Jr. (PNC photo)

Guam – More victims have allegedly come forward sharing that they were also sexually assaulted by convicted rapist Paul Santos Mafnas Jr.

News of more victims has rocked the community which has already turned to social media to express their dismay that Mafnas was released from prison only to be arrested for sexually assaulting another minor.

A source has indicated that two minor girls have since come forward with allegations that Mafnas sexually assaulted them however, GPD said that their focus is on the recent arrest involving the ten year old victim – that case is still under investigation.

Based on the Guam Sex offender registry, Mafnas was convicted in 1999 for kidnapping and raping several minor girls ranging in age from 13 to 18-years old in 1996.

When Mafnas was arrested for the kidnapping and rape of the ten-year old girl last week police said that he admitted that he has an addiction to sexually assaulting young girls – an addiction he is unable to control.

Mafnas’ statement has garnered outrage from the community and raised questions about the Parole Board’s decision to not only release him early from prison but also from parole.

One Facebook user wrote,”There is no question that the system is definitely flawed. He should have been given life for the first rape he committed!!” Another wrote, “He shouldn’t have even been eligible for parole.”

Another Facebook user questioned the parole process writing, “Whatever conditions were met by the parole board was obviously a bad gamble because someone was victimized.”

Meanwhile another commenter said, “Good behavior, participated in group organizations, and etc…that’s reason why he had an early release ?? Get real. What else is there for him at DOC? Now it’s a different story once he gets his freedom.. back to square one. The Parole board needs to think outside the box and think”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.