A man who is illegally present in the United States is accused of posing as a rideshare driver, recording himself sexually assaulting women who were unconscious, and keeping trophies of his victims.
Prosecutors allege that 43-year-old Raul Guaman was in possession of 16 drivers licenses and 32 cellphones, trophies that he stole from his victims.
Guaman is originally from Ecuador. He worked in construction in Bay Shore, New York.
“Police have recovered videos from the defendant’s cellphone, appearing to show him sexually abusing a number of women who are unconscious,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini.
Three victims have been identified.
Sini said that Guaman allegedly recorded himself sexually assaulting a young woman in November while she slept at a Brightwaters home he had broken into.
“It would later be revealed that he had visited that same house on four other occasions and had secretly taken videos of another victim inside the home,” Sini said.
Guaman was then arrested when he blew past a stop sign. Police said they found multiple IDs.
They investigated further and found the videos of his sexual assaults on his cellphone, as well as the trophies at his home.
Police accused him of a "pattern of predatory behavior with impunity.”
“In my almost 37-year career, this is one of the most shocking cases I've ever seen,” said Suffolk County Police Acting Commissioner Stuart Cameron.
Police are looking for other women who might have been victimized by Guaman and may not even know it.
“There does definitely seem to be a serial aspect to this case where he may have done this repeatedly over the course of years to numerous victims,” said Cameron.
Prosecutors said that he was facing deportation over his illegal immigration status, but he now faces 25 years in prison if convicted of the charges.