DA Vance: Convicted Rapist Paul Grossman Sentenced to 16 Years in State Prison

March 4, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of PAUL GROSSMAN, 32, to 16 years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision for raping a 32-year-old woman in his Turtle Bay apartment in April 2014. On February 2, 2015, a New York State Supreme Court jury found GROSSMAN guilty of Rape and Sexual Abuse in the First Degrees. 

“During this woman’s terrifying, hours-long ordeal, the defendant demanded that she not leave his apartment, strangled her until she lost consciousness, and sexually assaulted her,” said District Attorney Vance. “This brave survivor called 911 as her rapist slept, hiding in a bathroom until police arrived. I would like to thank the jurors for their service on this trial, as well as my Office’s Sex Crimes prosecutors for expertly handling this sensitive case.”

As proven at trial, on April 25, 2014, GROSSMAN brought the 32-year-old victim to his East 52nd Street apartment, where he began strangling her, causing the victim to lose consciousness. When she awoke, GROSSMAN told her not to escape, and raped her. After GROSSMAN fell asleep, the victim hid in the apartment’s bathroom and called 911.   

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Clerkin prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Richards under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, Executive Assistant District Attorney Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. 

Defendant Information: 

PAUL GROSSMAN, D.O.B. 11/15/1982
New York, NY


  • Rape in the First Degree
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree


  • 16 years in state prison
  • 10 years post-release supervision