Law enforcement has confirmed that Paul Flores, 44, is set to have his murder charges amended to include two allegations of rape of unconscious women in the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippett confirmed that San Luis Obispo County prosecutors are digging into two sexual assault cases that took place in the San Pedro area where Flores lived from 2013 to 2017.
The prosecution is looking to argue a motion on Wednesday to amend Flores’ original charge of murder in the commission of a rape or attempted rape in the 1996 case of Kristin Smart.
In April, Flores was arrested and charged for Smart’s murder. He had long been the top suspect in the case after being the last person to see her alive after a party during their freshman year at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Paul Flores, 44, was arrested in April for the murder of his former classmate Kristin Smart
Investigators search Flores’ fathers house in February of 2020 and again in March 2021
Smart was officially declared dead in 2002 but her body has never been found
Prosecutors are hoping to utilize case law in which rape cases were attached to crimes in a different county to connect Flores to some of his alleged rapes.
On Monday, a judge said that several motions are set to be reviewed this week in preparation for the 12-day preliminary hearing scheduled on July 20 where the prosecution will reveal what they think happened to Smart after finding evidence on Flores’ fathers property.
Ruben Flores, 80, has been charged with accessory after the fact with accusations of helping his son conceal Smart’s body.
The younger Flores has been accused of sexual assault in three separate cases, including one in which his DNA matched a rape kit sample, in the years after the college student vanished.
In a Redondo Beach case, police were called to a hospital in January 2007 after a woman underwent a rape kit examination because she believed she had been assaulted.
Investigators had found ‘biological evidence’ that Smart’s body had been buried at the home but had recently been moved
Ruben Flores has pleaded not guilty to a charge of accessory after the murder for hiding Smart’s body
The woman told police she had been drinking at a bar with friends earlier that night but later woke up naked in a man’s bed with no memory of what had happened.
The woman, who told police she believed she may have been drugged, said she left the man’s home still feeling intoxicated.
The rape kit determined she had sex but there were no ‘obvious indication of force or assaultive behavior’.
It also did not show any traces of a date rape drug.
A DNA sample collected as part of the examination was entered into a police database and four years later matched with Flores.
Redondo Beach Police launched a rape investigation and interviewed Flores, who told them he had no ‘particular recollection’ of the woman.
‘He stated it was possible he had sex with her since he has had sex with many girls,’ a police memo related to the case showed.
The alleged victim was unable to identify Flores from a police line up.
Smart’s family have since filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court claiming her body was buried in Ruben’s yard but he moved it ‘under the cover of darkness’
A judge will review a number of motions will be reviewed this week ahead of a 12-day preliminary hearing scheduled for July 20
Prosecutors ultimately decided they couldn’t prove Flores raped the woman and did not bring charges against him.
‘The DNA hit only proves that there was some type of sexual contact but not what the nature of that contact was,’ Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Christi Frey wrote in a memo at the time.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Police say Flores is suspected of sexually assaulting two women between 2013 and 2017 and while the details of those alleged assaults are unknown they will be revealed if the judge allows the San Luis Obispo County prosecution’s amendments.
Separate from the sex assault allegations, Flores has at least five convictions for drunk driving in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
He also has a conviction for being drunk in public.
Flores was arrested back in 1998 in Huntington Beach for assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm but was not prosecuted due to lack of evidence.
Flores has previously invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not answer questions before a grand jury and in a deposition for a lawsuit that was brought against him in relation to the investigation
In one of his probation reports that was unintentionally made public from a prior conviction, he was once described by a deputy district attorney as a ‘serial rapist’ based on allegations from dozens of women.
The report did not include specifics on those alleged assaults or if they had all been reported and investigated by police.
When Flores was arrested in April in Smart’s murder, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow revealed for the first time that investigators believed he killed the young woman during an attempted rape.
Dow said prosecutors intended to use Flores’ history of alleged sex attacks in the murder case.
He specifically mentioned the two cases in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors may use the alleged assaults to try and prove Flores has a history of predatory behavior but much of the details surrounding Smart’s case has been closely guarded by authorities throughout the investigation.