‘A specific fetish for forcing himself upon women’: Prosecutors lay out case against Kristin Smart’s alleged killer

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San Luis Obispo prosecutors anticipate that dozens of women will testify about the predatory — and at times violent — sexual behavior of Paul Flores, a San Pedro man charged with the murder of a 19-year-old college student who vanished 25 years ago and has never been found, according to court papers made public Thursday.

In a 43-page document, Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher G. Peuvrelle laid out the most expansive account yet of the case his office has brought against Flores and his father, Ruben Flores, who are charged with murder and accessory to murder, respectively, in the disappearance and presumed death of Kristin Smart in 1996.

Peuvrelle filed the motion in an attempt to charge Paul Flores with two rapes allegedly committed in San Pedro in 2011 and 2017. His conduct in those recent assaults, as described by his alleged victims, dovetails with his behavior the night in 1996 that Smart was last seen alive, the prosecutor wrote.

Flores “has a specific fetish for forcing himself upon women especially when they are drugged or inebriated,” Peuvrelle said, “which is exactly the state of Kristin Smart in the early morning of March 25, 1996.”

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