Four Women Say the Man Suspected of Murdering a College Student Sexually Assaulted Them
Paul Flores was the last person seen with Kristin Smart before she vanished in 1996. Now several women say they were victims before and after her, too.”>
LOS ANGELESShe remembers being dragged down Elm Street as she vomited, propped up by a young man and his pal who snickered and cursed her.
They were giggling as they were dragging me, the now 39-year-old woman told The Daily Beast. I was throwing up and they were saying Oh this bitch! and This bitch better not throw up on me.
The woman, whom well call Jane, believes she was roofied, raped, and discarded by Paul Flores and his nameless friend when she was a 15-year-old high-school sophomore in 1994.
Just two years later Flores was named as the sole suspect in the disappearance of another woman under almost identical circumstances: Kristin Smart. Flores claimed he walked Smart to her dorm at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on May 25, 1996 after a night of binge drinking. Despite Flores sporting a black eye the next day (which he admitted to investigators he lied about) and despite police dogs picking up the scent of human decay in his dorm room, Flores was never charged.
Instead, Flores and his family were sued in 2002 by the Smarts in civil court for intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon the parents of Kristin Smart by taking the body of Kristin Smart and secreting and/or destroying the body in a hidden place in the County of San Luis Obispo. The Flores family countersued for emotional distress. Both suits were shelved by a judge until Smarts remains are found. A now-retired FBI agent believes those remains were once buried at the home of Floress mother.
When The Daily Beast tracked Flores down outside his home last month, he didnt mount much of a defense.
No-no-no. Im good, he said in response to questions about Smarts disappearance.
Im fine. Im good. Have a good day, he said.
Meanwhile, three other women told The Daily Beast that Flores sexually assaulted them after Janes assault and Smarts disappearance. At least one, since The Daily Beast began reporting, said she has been interviewed by the San Luis Obispo Sheriffs Office. (The office hired a detective in 2015 to work on Unsolved Crimes for $15,000 a month: There are four open homicide investigations and Smarts remains an unsolved missing persons case.)
A sheriff offices spokesman said his agency couldnt say if investigators working Smarts cold case had been made aware or not of the new alleged victims, citing refusal to comment on an open and active investigation.
But he entreated each woman who came forward to tell their story to The Daily Beast to reach out to his department.
Since speaking with The Daily Beast, at least one of the women who has come forward saying Flores attacked her has been questioned by a detective working the Smart case.
We would highly recommend that those people get in contact with us as soon as possible so we could investigate this further, he said. It might be helpful to the investigation.
Had Flores been caught and convicted of his alleged sexual assault in 1994, perhaps Smart would still be alive. And had law enforcement drilled a handful of holes in Floress mothers backyard to search for evidence that Smart might be buried there, perhaps Floress alleged serial sexual assaults would have been prevented.
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They left me there and knock on my moms door really hard and then ran off, Jane, who is telling her story for first time, said. My mom opened the door and she cries, Oh my God!
I told her Mom, he raped me.
Jane said she took Flores up on carpool offers to and from high school whenever she would be walking solo from her mothers home in Arroyo Grande, California.
Thats how we metI was walking and he pulled over and said to me Hey, Ill take you to school, she remembered Flores asking her. We both were kids at the same school and so I felt comfortable.
It wasnt like some older guy or anything.
Back then, Jane remembered Flores pulling up to her on multiple occasions behind the wheel of a green pickup truck.