Sex offender to take plea deal in 2019 rape

MAFNAS: Paul Santos Mafnas Jr. appears via closed-circuit television in the courtroom of Judge Michael Bordallo for his magistrate hearing Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Guam Judicial Center. Mafnas was arrested April 13 on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a girl days earlier. Post file photo

The trial for convicted sex offender Paul Santos Mafnas Jr. will no longer proceed, as Mafnas has decided to take a plea deal with the government.

Mafnas' trial, which was set to begin this week, was vacated during a hearing before Superior Court of Guam Judge Maria Cenzon on Monday.

Details of his plea agreement have not yet been made public.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for March 23.

The registered Level 1 sex offender was arrested in April 2019 after investigators learned he had forced a 10-year-old girl into his car and raped her in an abandoned parking lot in Tamuning, court documents filed by the prosecution alleged.

Mafnas was convicted in 1999 of similar crimes against four victims. He was released from prison in 2014, and his parole was cut short four years later.

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