2013-11-29 / Top Stories

Rockaway Beach Man Pleads Guilty

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced that a Rockaway Beach man has pleaded guilty to first-degree rape in connection with his attack on a 62-year-old woman in Rockaway last year.

District Attorney Brown said, “Today’s guilty plea and promised lengthy sentence is a measure of justice for the victim in this case who was suddenly and brutally attacked. This disposition saves the victim from having to publicly relive a traumatic and painful ordeal at trial and ensures that the defendant will be severely punished. ”

The DA identified the defendant as Samuel Doctor, 24, of Beach 96th Street in Rockaway Beach.

Doctor pleaded guilty to first-degree rape before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder.

The District Attorney’s office related that according to the guilty plea, the 62-year-old female victim was in the vicinity of Beach 91st Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard around 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Doctor grabbed her and shoved her into a metal barrier.

As the woman screamed, Doctor put his fingers inside her mouth and yanked on her lower lip. Doctor then demanded that the woman give him money, put his hand under her dress, and ripped off her underwear.

The victim managed to break free from the defendant and attempted to get assistance but Doctor again overtook her, grabbing and pulling her by the hair. He then pushed her against the rear passenger side of a parked car and sexually assaulted the woman. Doctor told her he had a knife and threatened to harm her if she screamed. Afterward he fled on foot.

The defendant was arrested after DNA taken from the victim following the attack was matched to a DNA profile of Doctor that was in the DNA data bank as a result of a previous conviction.

His fingerprint was also recovered from the metal barrier and was matched to fingerprints of his that were on file with the NYPD.

The investigation was conducted by Detective Richard Santangelo of the New York City Police Department’s Queens Special Victims Squad.

According to court records, Justice Holder indicated that he would sentence Doctor to a determinate term of 20 years in prison when he appears for sentencing on January 14th, 2014. A determinate sentence is one that is definite and not subject to review by a parole board or other agency.

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