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Sex fiend gets ‘sweet’ deal from Manhattan DA Bragg on teen rape charge — then attacks 5 others: sources

A person accused of raping his teenage relative secured a sweetheart plea deal from Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg — after which went on to allegedly sexually terrorize 5 folks within the Bronx only a month later, The Submit has discovered.

Justin Washington, 25, was promised a plum 30-day jail sentence, together with 5 years of probation, after he agreed in August to plead all the way down to a cost of coercion in his Manhattan rape case.

However only a week earlier than he was set to be sentenced Wednesday, Washington allegedly went on a sex-crime spree, attacking 4 girls and a person close to the homeless shelter the place he was dwelling within the Bronx.

After discovering out concerning the Sept. 15 arrest, prosecutors with the Manhattan District Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned they had been reconsidering the sentence really useful with the plea deal — which some cops mentioned ought to by no means have been provided within the first place.

“How does a person who rapes an harmless teenage lady stroll the streets to sexually assault [five] extra harmless [people], together with a homeless girl?” one Manhattan cop fumed.

One other police supply scoffed on the 30-day sentence, mentioning that the unique cost of rape Washington confronted may have gotten him locked up for as much as 25 years, if convicted.

Justin Washington appears in manhattan criminal court on Wednesday afternoon for a hearing on charges related to sexual assault and burglary.
Justin Washington seems in Manhattan legal court docket on Wednesday afternoon for a listening to on expenses associated to sexual assault and housebreaking.
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“That could be a candy deal. He went from rape one and dealing with 25 years in jail, which is difficult time, to 30 days,” the officer mentioned. 

“What a joke.”

The second-degree coercion cost Washington agreed to plead to additionally carries a most penalty of 16 months to 4 years behind bars — way more than the 30 days provided by the DA.

“These had been very traumatizing crimes and he shouldn’t have been allowed to stroll the streets. What concerning the teenager?” a police supply mentioned, including, “The DA needs to be developing with packages for victims, not criminals.”

Justin Washington is seen in surveillance video released by DCPI.
Per week earlier than he was set to be sentenced Wednesday, Justin Washington allegedly went on a sex-crime spree.
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Emily Tuttle, a spokesperson for Bragg’s workplace, defended the plea deal initially provided to Washington.

“Our skilled intercourse crimes prosecutors carried out a radical investigation and had been in common contact with the survivor’s household all through this case. Based mostly on the proof, we decided that this was an applicable plea to spare the younger survivor from having to testify, whereas holding Washington accountable for his conduct,” Tuttle mentioned in an e-mail. 

“Because the investigation into this week’s extraordinarily disturbing allegations within the Bronx continues, we are going to decide whether or not to ask for a lengthier jail sentence.”

Justin Washington.
Justin Washington attacked 4 girls and a person close to the homeless shelter the place he was dwelling within the Bronx, authorities say.
DCPI

Washington first landed behind bars on February 23, after a teenage relative informed police he raped her whereas the 2 had been watching tv collectively in East Harlem, regulation enforcement sources mentioned. 

He was hit with expenses of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching and thrown in jail on a measly $25,000 money bail or $50,000 bond — regardless of prosecutors asking a choose to set a $100,000 bail in reference to the case.

About three weeks later, prosecutors diminished Washington’s expenses to third-degree rape after they decided they didn’t have sufficient proof, and he was sprung from jail when a choose agreed to scale back his bail to $12,000.

Washington, who has no prior arrests, made all of his court docket appearances, however final Thursday — lower than every week earlier than he was set to be sentenced — he allegedly used his final days as a free man to commit a string of assaults, court docket data say.

The spree began at 8:20 a.m., when he crawled into an 18-year-old man’s window, put his arms within the man’s underwear and demanded cash whereas gripping the sufferer’s buttocks, prosecutors alleged.  

“Can I get a greenback, bro?” Washington allegedly requested the sufferer, who obliged the request. 

Justin Washington.
Justin Washington had no arrests previous to the string of intercourse crimes.

The creep refused to take the greenback invoice, however then requested for it once more earlier than telling the sufferer, “By no means thoughts, you’re not understanding” and fleeing by way of the window, prosecutors mentioned. 

About 40 minutes later, Washington allegedly crept up the fireplace escape of a constructing on Davidson Avenue and started banging on the condominium window of a 26-year-old girl, who was at residence along with her 9-month-old son on the time, in keeping with prosecutors and sources. 

When the girl opened her curtains, she noticed Washington masturbating on her fireplace escape, prosecutors alleged. 

Half an hour later, Washington allegedly burst right into a 49-year-old girl’s condominium in the identical constructing and tried to rape her, court docket data say. 

He pushed the girl down on her mattress, pulled up her nightgown, climbed on prime of her and masturbated as he requested, “Can I get a greenback?,” prosecutors alleged. 

Because the sicko pushed the girl’s legs aside and smelled them, she bit his hand, scratched him after which whacked him within the head with a hammer, court docket data say. 

Justin Washington.
Justin Washington allegedly burst right into a 49-year-old girl’s condominium and tried to rape her.
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Fifteen minutes later, Washington went to an condominium on Aqueduct Avenue, slipped his hand by way of a lady’s lavatory window, stole her underwear after which started masturbating, prosecutors mentioned. 

The disturbing rampage ended about 5 minutes later when Washington allegedly discovered his remaining sufferer — a homeless girl who was sleeping within the foyer of the Aqueduct Avenue constructing. 

He was caught on surveillance footage molesting the girl, knocking down her pants, touching her buttocks and masturbating, prosecutors mentioned. 

The NYPD’s Bronx warrant squad picked Washington up two days later at a homeless shelter on Phelan Place and hit him with a slew of expenses, together with tried rape, housebreaking, forcible touching and sexually motivated felony. 

Prosecutors with the Bronx District Lawyer’s Workplace requested the court docket to remand him into custody — or set a $500,000 money bail or $1,500,000 bond within the case. 

The justice in the end set a $50,000 money bail, or $150,000 bond, and despatched Washington again to Rikers Island. 

The case will likely be offered to a grand jury this week.

Throughout his listening to within the Manhattan case on Wednesday — the place he had been set to get the wrist-slap sentence for the alleged February rape — prosecutors requested Decide Laurie Peterson for an adjournment, citing the string of assaults within the Bronx.

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg
Prosecutors with the Manhattan District Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned they had been reconsidering the sentence really useful with the plea deal.
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“We imagine the defendant has violated the phrases of his plea settlement that he made again in August and we’re requesting the defendant be remanded and the case be adjourned for sentencing till additional data from the Bronx,” Assistant District Lawyer Courtney Groves mentioned through the listening to.

The choose agreed, and adjourned the case till Sept. 28.

Washington additionally wouldn’t have needed to register as a intercourse offender underneath the plea settlement, one police officer identified — whereas noting the soft settlement failed to discourage Washington from allegedly committing extra crimes.

“I perceive they talked to the sufferer’s household, however what about the remainder of the residents of New York who can grow to be Mr. Washington’s victims sooner or later, like these harmless 5 folks within the Bronx?,” the cop mentioned.

“If the district lawyer didn’t give him this deal, they might not have been sexually assaulted.”

Justin Washington.
Justin Washington was caught on surveillance footage molesting a lady and masturbating, police mentioned.
DCPI

Adam Konta, Washington’s court-appointed lawyer in his Manhattan case, mentioned he was ready to overview the proof on the Bronx assaults.

“Now we have a system that works the place everyone seems to be harmless till confirmed responsible,” Konta informed The Submit by telephone, whereas declining to say if his consumer has any psychological well being points. 

“Proper now, there’s not sufficient proof within the Bronx to know if this was or wasn’t Justin.” 

Further reporting by Elizabeth Rosner

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