Woman pleads guilty after posing as a boy
EVERETT, Wash. » A 30-year-old woman from Oahu who posed as a homeless orphaned boy and then befriended a teenage girl pleaded guilty yesterday to child molestation.
Prosecutors say they would seek a one-year jail term for Lorelei J. Corpuz, a 1995 Pearl City High School female graduate. The charge carries a maximum five-year prison term.
Charges of third-degree child rape were dropped last month.
Authorities said Corpuz, who cropped her hair and stands 5-foot-3, passed herself off as 17-year-old Mark Villanueva after meeting the girl at a mall in September 2005. Her parents, immigrants who speak little English, later let Corpuz live at their home.
The deception became known after a traffic stop led to Corpuz's arrest on an unrelated warrant.
The girl was in the car and told police that Corpuz was her boyfriend, according to documents filed in court.
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," police Officer Don de Nevens wrote.
The girl also said Corpuz beat her and bit her twice on the back, leaving a scar.
Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roe said the girl and her family were relieved by the outcome of the case. Sentencing was set for June 18.
After serving her sentence, Corpuz must register as a sex offender, and she remains under investigation for fraud and other sex offenses, including accusations in Kitsap County that closely resemble the Everett case, authorities said.