Another woman accuses Paul Flores of rape, jurors cry

September 3, 2022

Paul Flores – Photo by Daniel Dreifuss, Monterey County Weekly

By KAREN VELIE

A woman who was allegedly roofied and raped in 2011 by Paul Flores, the man on trial for the murder of Kristin Smart, testified Friday against her alleged attacker. For the second time in less than a week, jurors cried during testimony.

Flores is charged with murdering Kristin Smart during an attempted rape in 1996 following a Cal Poly frat party. After the party, Flores helped escort Smart, who appeared intoxicated, back to her dorm room. She was never seen again.

Identified as Sarah Doe, the alleged victim, testified she met Paul Flores at a bar in San Pedro. Not only did Sarah leave her drink unattended, she also accepted a drink the defendant bought for her.

The night then became fuzzy. Sarah ended up going to Paul Flores’ home where he gave her another drink.

Sarah testified she was in and out of consciousness, but remembers Paul Flores having non-consensual sex with her. She then asked to take a shower, where she said the defendant raped her again.

She remembered screaming, and Paul Flores attempting to shove a ball gag in her mouth.

“I was screaming,” Sarah testified. “I couldn’t breathe.”

Several years later, Sarah attempted to report the rape, but because of her spotty memories, she gave up.

As Sarah testified, multiple jurors broke down and cried.

During a 2020 raid of Flores’ San Pedro home, deputies found two bottles of date rape drugs, according to court documents. In a file of videos labeled “practice,” Paul Flores stored homemade rape videos of himself having sex and sodomizing women.

Los Angeles Police Department investigators tracked down two women from the tapes who said Flores drugged and then raped them. No charges have yet been filed.

Deputies arrested Paul Flores and his father Ruben Flores in April 2021. Ruben Flores is suspected of helping his son dispose of Smart’s body, which prosecutors believe was buried under a deck at Ruben Flores’ home.

One more alleged rape victim is slated to testify at the trial.


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obispan

Where is the money coming from to hire Michael Jackson’s attorney? I heard Ruben is a disgraced and fired Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy. No further details available.


barry

I feel very sorry for the family. Assuming Mr. Flores is guilty the jury’s decision will never be upheld. The Judge in this case has broken every rule in allowing irrelevant and prejudicial evidence into the trial. He is accused of murder. Rapes he did or did not commit years later have nothing to with whether he committed murder in 1996. There is zero evidence he had sex or raped Kristen Smart. Allowing this evidence into the trial will ensure a reversal on appeal.


shelworth

The Judge just allowed a to say “He told me he killed her”. As much as I think he did it, I think you are right, if he’s found guilty the appeals will go on forever.


Adam Trask

Rapists often get away with their crime and if they are charged, it usually comes down to “he said, she said,” and, for whatever reason, women don’t get the benefit of the doubt from mostly male law enforcement officers.


Obviously, Mr. Flores should have been in prison years ago. I hope this jury sees his guilt.


IDBOUND

The rape allegations from years ago with charges never filed , reminds me of the video tapes of the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles . A jury did not have a strong belief after watching the videos ….It made alot of people realize that the power of video, is not that great … It appears once again that another prosecutor is grasping at straws or emotions instead of evidence ..Maybe as training /education current law school graduates she be required to watch old reruns of Quincy or Perry Mason then produce a thesis prior to graduation. I have met many college professors that have never been employed in the profession they teach ..They instruct from a book


unusualsuspect

Since when is presenting evidence “grasping at straws”? If the presented evidence elicits an emotional response it must be pretty relevant and indicative…


Adam Trask

Seems like revisionist history to me. I saw that video when it first went public. LAPD beat that the snot out of King. That they were exonerated is right up there with O.J. and Kyle Rittenhouse as perversions of justice.


shelworth

If you recall one of the local LA news companies took the video and shortened it to just the “Hits”, you did not see or hear what the Jury saw and heard.


Adam Trask

So what? Sure, King was out of control and provoked those cops, but they are supposed to be professionals and the beating they gave him after he was clearly subdued was nothing short of brutal. Shameful. To defend those cops is ridiculous.


FoxtrotYankee

Some of the officers were actually sentenced to jail time in the end via a federal civil rights trial.


FoxtrotYankee

This case is more similar to Bill Cosby or Harvey Weinstein scenarios in a rapist being brought to justice long after the fact. Even more damning in this scenario as the women were found through video tapes in Flores’ home. With Cosby & Weinstein there was no video or drug evidence like there is here.


Rodney King trial was an excessive use of force case — nothing like the Smart disappearance or the subsequent rapes.


ghostpepper

having knock out drugs in his home and his “practice” videos may not be enough (alone) to convict him on the Kristin incident but to me that is sure as hell enough for him to get charges for the women feature in his recordings!