Raul Guaman: NY man recorded himself sexually abusing unconscious women
BAY SHORE, NEW YORK: An illegal immigrant has been charged after he allegedly posed as a rideshare driver and filmed himself sexually abusing unconscious women in a pattern of predatory behavior.
Raul Guaman, 43, a construction worker from Bay Shore and an Ecuadorian citizen, is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to 11 counts of sexual abuse, unlawful surveillance, and other charges. CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday, November 30, that three victims have been identified and there could be many more. "It definitely appears as though it could be a serial sexual abuse case for us," acting Suffolk County Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron said. "This is one of the most shocking cases I've ever seen," he added.
“Police have recovered videos from the defendant’s cellphone, appearing to show him sexually abusing a number of women who are unconscious,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said, adding that it's unclear whether if he drugged the victims. Sini said the case was cracked after Guaman allegedly broke into a Brightwatershouse in mid-November and filmed his sexual abuse of a sleeping young woman. “It would later be revealed that he had visited that same house on four other occasions and had secretly taken videos of another victim inside the home,” Sini added.
Suffolk DA says Raul Guaman, 43 from Bay Shore posed as a ride share driver and recorded himself sexually abusing his female passengers. They are trying to identify the victims #nbc4ny pic.twitter.com/Rcdb4mJQom— Pei-Sze Cheng (@PeiSzeCheng4NY) November 30, 2021
Guaman was apprehended days later in Bay Shore for running a stop sign, and authorities found him using multiple IDs. Investigators found several videos of women on his cell phone, which prosecutors described as a "pattern of predatory behavior with impunity,” adding he would “take their license and then sexually assault them.” Police recovered at least 32 cellphones and 16 driver's licenses in his home, including one license belonging to an unconscious victim who was left stranded in Oak Beach back in 2019 and reportedly had "no idea what had taken place".
Police are now reaching out to victims from the videos who may not know they were assaulted and urging those who recognize the suspect to come forward. “There does definitely seem to be a serial aspect to this case where he may have done this repeatedly over the course of years to numerous victims,” Cameron said. Meanwhile, Keith Scott of the LI Safe Center said that anyone using a ride-share app must use take several safety measures. “We are checking these taxis, these cabs before we get in, looking at license plates, checking the right make and model of the car, making sure the driver on our app is the right driver in front of us,” Scott said.
Do you recognize this man? Suffolk Police are asking women who may be victims of Raul Guaman to call third squad Detectives at 631-854-8353.— Carolyn Gusoff (@GusoffTV) November 30, 2021
He is a 43 year old construction worker from Bay Shore who @SCPDHq say sexually abused unconscious and sleeping women. @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/CHQXXc8mjH
Guaman was in the country illegally and was facing deportation, prosecutors said. The Ecuadorian immigrant is now facing 25 years in prison if convicted on said charges. CBS2 reported how a victim's father cursed at Guaman as he was escorted out of the court in handcuffs.
If you or anyone you know is a potential victim, you are urged to contact the Suffolk Police Department 3rd Squad Detectives at 631-854-8352.