Police say woman posed as teenage boy and lived with young girl

Police say woman posed as teenage boy and lived with young girl »Play Video
Lorelei Josephine Corpuz is shown in this 2006 photo taken from a cell phone camera.
SEATTLE - She met him at the mall, the older teen orphaned by the terrible deaths of his parents. They talked on the phone and went on a date, and soon her family let him move in.

Now a year later, the family has received stunning news from police: Mark, the 14-year-old's boyfriend, isn't an orphan, or even a boy at all. He is a 30-year-old woman.

And that 30-year-old woman beat and sexually molested the young, trusting girl, according to court papers filed this week.

"They were all surprised that this individual was not who she said she was, both in name and sex," Everett Police Sgt. Robert Goetz said Wednesday.

Lorelei Corpuz was charged on Wednesday with rape of a child in the third degree. Corpuz is being held on $150,000 bail, and is expected to make her first court appearance on Thursday afternoon. Corpuz was arrested Sunday after an officer ran a check on her Honda, then parked at an Everett gas station, to see if it was stolen.

The check pulled up an outstanding traffic warrant naming Mark Villanueva, also known as Lorelei Corpuz. The officer had arrested Corpuz in January on another warrant and recognized her. Corpuz was arrested on the warrant, and the officer asked the girl in the passenger seat how she knew the suspect.

"She indicated it was her boyfriend," Goetz said. "When the 14-year-old victim said that, that obviously piqued the concern of the officer."

Police are not identifying the girl except by her initials, T.N.

Officer Don de Nevens wrote in a probable cause statement that while Corpuz lived with the girl, the two had kissed on the lips, and Corpuz performed oral sex on the girl. About three months ago, Corpuz had intercourse with the girl; the girl told police she did not see what Corpuz had placed inside her.

"Over the year that suspect lived with victim, the suspect never let victim see her/his private parts and victim always thought that suspect was male until officer informed her otherwise," de Nevens wrote.

The relationship was also abusive, de Nevens wrote. At one point, the girl's father went to Alaska for work, and Corpuz began striking her once a week. Twice, Corpuz bit her on the back, leaving a scar, the probable cause statement said.

"Every time I questioned her she would get really mad," said the alleged victim. "So I just stopped caring."

The two met at the Alderwood Mall in September 2005, police said, and "Mark" told the girl that his mother had died of cancer and that his father committed suicide. The girl's parents believed his story and let Corpuz move into their home.

Family members told police they never suspected Corpuz was a woman in the year she lived in the home. The alleged victim says she no longer has feeling for Corpus now that she knows the truth, but admits she used to.

"Well he was really nice and I didn't really have anybody to talk to because my mom and dad are always at work," she said. "He talked to me."

Booking records list Corpuz as 5-foot-3 and 140 pounds. Her arrest was first reported Wednesday in The Herald newspaper of Everett.