2002-10-19 / Community

Twenty Year Sentence For Rapist

Twenty Year Sentence For Rapist

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has announced that a Far Rockaway resident has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for raping an 11-year old girl in the victim’s home after he attended a barbeque given by the child’s mother.

The defendant was identified as Timothy Lewis, 31, of 1480 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway. He was found guilty of Rape in the First Degree and other charges in late June, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison before Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter.

District Attorney Brown said, "I am pleased that this defendant is being punished for this wanton act. This young girl showed tremendous courage in testifying against a man who was a friend of the family. He betrayed her trust. I hope that this lengthy prison sentence gives her strength to overcome her horrifying ordeal."

According to the trial testimony, on June 3, 2000 the defendant was a guest of the victim’s mother for a backyard barbeque. Hours later, after the barbeque ended, the defendant returned uninvited to the residence and found the victim asleep on the couch. She awakened and went into the bathroom. The defendant followed her, forced himself upon her and forcibly raped her while holding his hand over her mouth to prevent an outcry. When the defendant completed his sexual assault, he warned the child not to tell anyone and fled. The child immediately told her mother.

The defendant was arrested five months later in Richland County, South Carolina by local authorities who had been working with detectives of the New York City Police Department’s Special Victims Squad.

Assistant District Attorney John D. Carroll of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Marjory D. Fisher, Bureau Chief, and under the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Gregory L. Lasak.

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