30-Year-Old Washington Woman Posed As Teenage Boy, Abused Girlfriend

Wednesday, April 4th 2007, 9:12 pm
By: News On 6

SEATTLE (AP) _ The ``boyfriend'' of a 14-year-old girl who lived with her and her family for more than a year was actually a 30-year-old woman, police said.

Lorelei Corpuz posed as a 17-year-old orphan to gain the family's trust, then beat and molested the teen, police say.

Corpuz was charged with two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of third-degree child molestation and was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. Everett Police Sgt. Robert Goetz said he didn't know whether Corpuz had a lawyer.

Police said Corpuz was found out Sunday after an officer checked the suspect's vehicle, parked at an Everett gas station, to see whether it was stolen. The officer arrested Corpuz after the check pulled up an outstanding traffic warrant under an alias, Mark Villanueva.

The 14-year-old also was in the vehicle, and the officer, who recognized Corpuz from an earlier arrest, asked the girl how she knew the suspect.

``She indicated it was her boyfriend,'' Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said. ``That obviously piqued the concern of the officer.''

Officer Don de Nevens wrote in a probable cause statement that although Corpuz had sexual contact with the girl, ``the suspect never let victim see her/his private parts and victim always thought that suspect was male until officer informed her otherwise.''

The two met at a mall in September 2005, police said, and the suspect told the girl that his mother had died of cancer and that his father committed suicide. They talked on the phone and went on a date, and soon her family let him move in.

``They were all surprised that this individual was not who she said she was, both in name and sex,'' Goetz said Wednesday.

De Nevens wrote that Corpuz abused the girl, hitting her repeatedly when the teen's father was away in Alaska for work. Twice, Corpuz bit her on the back, leaving a scar, the probable cause statement said.

Goetz said police have few details so far about Corpuz's living arrangements with the family, but interviews with the girl's parents were planned.

In Arizona, a 29-year-old male sex offender was arrested in January after he allegedly posed as a boy and enrolled in several charter schools. Neil Havens Rodreick II is charged with counts including possessing child pornography, assault, fraud, forgery and failing to register as a sex offender.