Man who raped Montgomery County woman at knife-point receives 45 years in prison

Evidence collected in case connected Jorge Arturo Mar Jr. to four other Harris County rape cases, authorities say

Jorge Arturo Mar Jr.
Jorge Arturo Mar Jr. (Montgomery County District Attorney)

HOUSTON – A jury sentenced a man to 45 years in prison after he was convicted in a 2018 rape of a Montgomery County woman.

Jorge Arturo Mar Jr., 26, was convicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault. He will not be eligible for parole until 2041.

A news release from Montgomery County authorities said that during trial, the state presented evidence that on August 1, 2018, Mar raped the woman at knifepoint in his vehicle in Spring. After the rape, Mar stole the woman’s phone and left her stranded.  The woman was eventually able to call 911, and deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded.

Authorities said deputies collected multiple items of physical evidence on scene that connected Mar to the sexual assault. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Det. Anthony Frisina significantly furthered the investigation by locating a number of similar cases involving Mar under investigation by the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

After coordinating with those agencies, prosecutors presented evidence of four other rapes of Harris County women, all using a knife. Mar still faces additional felony charges in Harris County.

“(We) want to thank these brave women for coming forward and facing Mar in court,” prosecutor Michael Ghutzman said. “Without their courage, Mar would be free to continue his life of sexual violence.”

District Attorney Brett Ligon added via a news release, “When a man commits a series of violent crimes against women in multiple counties, he’s telling you exactly what he thinks about others. On Monday, a Montgomery County jury told Mar exactly what we think about him.”

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