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Criminal defense: New York man faces rape charges

A man believed to have attacked two women at Queen's Park is now facing charges, according to police. New York authorities apprehended the man in late July, and he was arraigned the morning of July 22. Given the severity of the charges against him, it seems likely he would wish to retain experienced criminal defense counsel in advance of an Aug. 4 court date. 

According to statements, the man is believed to have approached a 32-year-old pedestrian in Kissena Park, where he allegedly demanded money from her. When she handed over the cash, he is believed to have made her perform a sex act on him before raping her. The issue escalated the following day when he apparently approached a 17-year-old jogger with a knife, once again demanding money. He is believed to have assaulted the girl before making her perform a second sex act.

Both women attested that the man threatened them at knifepoint, which increases the seriousness of the charges against him. The man faces several charges, which, if he is found guilty, could send him to prison for life. He is currently being held without bail at a location in Queens. 

In terms of criminal defense, rape and sexual assault charges are among the more serious allegations that can be leveled at an individual. However, the burden of proof is still on New York authorities to prove the man's involvement in the attacks. In cases where rape has taken place, DNA evidence is often used to prove guilt, but the method for determining such a match can be questioned in court and is not always admissible as evidence. 

Source: NBC New York, "Man Charged With Rape, Sex Assault of 2 Women at Queens Park", July 22, 2017

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