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Man charged with abduction and rape exposes himself to potential jurors

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Tom Matthews

masslive.com

Potential jurors were excused Wednesday after Victor Peña, the man accused of abducting a 23-year-old woman in Boston, Peña was seen naked and committing a lewd act on a monitor in the courtroom Wednesday during jury selection, the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office said.

Peña was removed from the courtroom Wednesday for disorderly conduct during jury impanelment and placed in another room where he watched the court proceedings and was streamed into the courtroom.

Potential jurors were excused after Peña appeared on a monitor in the courtroom naked and committing a lewd act.

The monitor was shut off after 16 seconds, WCVB reported.

Impanelment continues Thursday as a total of five jurors have been selected, the DA’s office said.

In January of 2019, there was a three-day hunt for Peña, who was accused of abducting a 23-year-old woman after she went missing after a night out with friends. Police said that they found the woman in his Charlestown apartment after he encountered her outside of Hennesey’s pub in Boston.

A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Peña on one count of kidnapping and 10 counts of aggravated rape, all of which he pleaded not guilty to. He was deemed competent to stand trial but was held without bail after being deemed too dangerous for release.

The trial has been delayed several times, prolonging the court case for the past three years — most recently, in February, when Peña asked for medical release from jail. In September 2021, Peña fired his lawyer after the lawyer reportedly refused to argue that the woman was a prostitute and later fired his public defenders — once again delaying the trial.

On Tuesday, the judge for Peña’s case determined that he was competent to stand trial. The same day, Peña attempted to dismiss his counsel and defend himself — the judge refused both requests, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said.

Peña will continue to watch the court proceedings remotely, but will not be streamed into the courtroom via a monitor, WCVB reported.

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