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Paul Mafnas is sex offender arrested for similar charges

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He allegedly admitted that "sexually assaulting female minors is an addiction of his that he can't resist."  Paul Mafnas, Jr., 53, appeared in the Superior Court of Guam this afternoon charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct.

Court documents state he allegedly admitted to kidnapping a 10-year-old girl last Thursday in Tamuning and sexually assaulting her. Mafnas lured her into his vehicle and then took her to an abandoned parking lot, held her at gunpoint, told her to take off her clothes and sexually abused her. He then dropped her off near Tamuning Elementary School.

"You are charged with the following four offenses: the first degree criminal sexual conduct as a first degree felony, two counts; there is a special allegation of a vulnerable victim, two counts; and a special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, two counts," Judge Michael Bordallo told Mafnas.

Mafnas was arrested late Saturday evening by Criminal Investigation Division agents.

Mafnas is a Level I Sex Offender. In May 1999 he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. There were four victims in that case. He was sentenced 27 years. In February 2014 he was granted parole for five years, which means his parole would have ended this year. Instead, the Guam Parole Board granted him early discharge or cut his parole short in July 2018. 

MiChelle Taitano, board chairperson responded to the incident. 

 

"Usually, when folks come before the parole board, they've changed," she said. "They've taken classes, programs and they've made steps - that's what they're supposed to do. It's the Department of Corrections so they've made steps to improve. They're not the same people they are when they went in. They, of course, tell us yeah, they've changed and we do our best to make the best decision, unfortunately, this is really sad it affects not just me I'm sure the other board members are disheartened about it, too."

"You can't guarantee people's actions reactions but we just have to pray and pray for the family," Taitano continued. "I've been praying for the family of the individual involved and I pray that gosh pray for healing and that our processes will get better holistically as a community. DOC needs more programs so that we can assess some of these issues that whether...it's not just drugs and alcohol but definitely, we have. You need some treatment to address some of these criminal sexual conduct cases that come before the judges and of course are sentenced to go and serve we need treatment for that we have very few treatments for that."

According to court documents, Mafnas said sexually assaulting little girls was an addiction he can't resist.  Judge Bordallo said he was a danger to the community and set bail at $250,000. Mafnas is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on April 25.

Additionally, according to parole board documents Mafnas completed all the required programs to make him eligible for parole. Parole board members did reach out to the four victims before granting his parole, however were only able to reach two and only one responded. That one victim opposed his release.

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