Mauricio Cornejo-Pena,31, of Washington,D.C., sentenced to 180-day prison sentence for grabbing women's private parts while biking past them

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  A D.C. Superior Court judge has sentenced the man convicted of grabbing women's private parts while bicycling past them in Dupont Circle.

31 year-old Oscar Mauricio Cornejo-Pena received a 180-day prison sentence with all but 90 days suspended.

The court case was based on the sexual assaults of four women that Cornejo-Pena confessed to. But there were potentially more victims, including a young woman who felt compelled to write about the attack.

9News' Andrea McCarren spoke with one of the women who says she was victimized by Cornejo-Pena.

"I was shocked," said Liz Gorman.

On a sunny July afternoon, in broad daylight, she was walking in a Dupont Circle neighborhood when she was assaulted by a man who crept up behind her on a bicycle.

"I didn't see him coming. He just reached up my skirt and fondled me. And then biked away while laughing," Gorman said.

Disgusted and horrified, she felt compelled to write about it. Her essay launched a public outcry from others who had faced similar assaults, including at least two that were connected to Oscar Mauricio Cornejo-Pena.

There were as many as 15-20 women who dealt with, in theory, the same guy. The same, exact situation.

Cornejo-Pena is a college graduate from Nicaragua, who also attended culinary school. His Facebook page shows photos of a woman sitting in his lap and him working in the restaurant industry.

"Of course, I feel angry. Of course, I'm disgusted. And I'm happy that he's going to jail," Gorman said.

In addition to the jail sentence, Cornejo-Pena was placed on three years probation and ordered to undergo sex offender and mental health treatment. He was also ordered to stay away from his victims and the neighborhood.

Cornejo-Pena's may have more trouble in his future. ICE has put a detainer on him, meaning he could face deportation when his jail sentence is complete.

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