D.A.’s Sex Crimes Unit Secures Notable Conviction on Drug-Related Sex Crime Statute
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of MASAKATSU YUKITOSHI, 46, for raping his female colleague while she was unconscious in a Times Square hotel room after sneaking a sleeping pill into her drink. YUKITOSHI pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count each of Rape in the First Degree, Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, and Facilitating a Sex Offense with a Controlled Substance. He is expected to be sentenced on August 29, 2018.
The defendant’s guilty plea marks the first conviction on New York Penal Code § 130.90 (Facilitating a Sex Offense with a Controlled Substance) in Manhattan since 2008. There have only been three such convictions since the statute was enacted in 2001, including the present matter.
“This defendant abused workplace power dynamics to prey on a junior colleague in an appalling act of sexual assault,” said District Attorney Vance. “This ordinary business trip devolved into an utter nightmare as he drugged her with sleeping pills and then forced himself on her while she was totally incapable of consent. I would like to commend this survivor for her remarkable bravery in confronting the defendant and contacting law enforcement, and I thank our prosecutors for securing this notable conviction on her behalf. Our Sex Crimes Unit continues to deliver justice for victims of work-related sexual assault with professionalism, care, and the full force of our laws. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a sex crime, I urge you to contact our Sex Crimes hotline at: (212) 335-9373.”
According to the documents filed in court and as admitted in the defendant’s guilty plea, YUKITOSHI – a senior technology executive from Japan – and a comparatively junior female colleague – also from Japan – were staying at a hotel on 8th Avenue between West 44th and West 45th Streets while visiting New York for business. On November 18, 2017, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the defendant instructed his co-worker to come to his hotel room to prepare for a work meeting. Inside of the hotel room, YUKITOSHI gave the co-worker a glass of orange juice, which he had mixed with triazolam – a powerful prescription sleep aid – without her knowledge. After drinking the orange juice, she lost consciousness.
When the survivor regained consciousness early the next morning, her clothes had been removed. She confronted the defendant, and he admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with her. The survivor then left the hotel, went to the hospital, and reported the incident to the NYPD.
YUKITOSHI was arrested on November 21, 2017 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he had already boarded a flight to Los Angeles. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of prescription triazolam, and he admitted to police that he had drugged and sexually assaulted his colleague.
Assistant D.A. Melissa Hindman handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Jung Park, Deputy Chief of Trial Bureau 80; Lanita Hobbs, Chief of Trial Bureau 80; and Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Rackets Investigator Frank Toro and former paralegal Alison Miller also provided valuable assistance on the case.
District Attorney Vance thanked Detectives Shantai Vasquez of NYPD’s Manhattan Special Victims Squad and Detective Shinji Suzuki of the 9th Precinct for their work on the case.
MASAKATSU YUKITOSHI, D.O.B. 4/3/1972
- Rape in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
- Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count
- Facilitating a Sex Offense with a Controlled Substance, a class D felony, one count