UPDATE: Authorities were looking for the former manager of a strip club in Passaic, convicted of participating in the videotaped gang rape of a dancer at an after-hours party.
This week, jurors found Luis Guzman, 41, guilty of multiple counts stemming from the November 5, 2012 attack on the Gentlemen’s Club of Mr. B.
Guzman attended the trial while testifying but skipped bail before summonses, jury deliberations and sentencing on two counts of aggravated sexual assault and accessory to aggravated sexual assault, as well as invasion of privacy and various conspiracy and sexual contact offences.
A judge revoked Guzman’s bail and issued a warrant for his arrest for sentencing.
Guzman joins two other defendants – Brian Guzman and Fernando Vaquero – who fled jurisdiction in 2016 ahead of trial and had warrants issued for their arrest.
Manager Michael Ramirez was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role. Dancer Trystal Lozada turned 20. Co-defendant Miguel Delacruz got 12. Co-defendant Ashley Maldonado is due in October.
Mr. B’s had closed for the evening when the group of men and women repeatedly raped the dancer after Ramirez drugged her, ‘rendering her mentally incapacitated and physically impotent,’ the Passaic County prosecutor said , Camellia Valdes.
The victim – a single mother of two, then 26 – reported the assault to Passaic police, who recovered the video, which prosecutors entered into evidence at trial.
The victim said she was forced to make the pornographic video in the club and an upstairs apartment.
Prosecutors said Guzman encouraged the sexual assaults and recorded an hour and ten minutes on video.
Defense attorneys claimed the victim participated freely and surrendered to the police when she was not paid.
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