DA Vance: U.E.S. Rapist Sentenced to Prison Following Sex Crimes Unit’s Tenth Guilty Verdict of 2018


April 17, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of GEORGE FAY, 23, to 10 years in state prison for raping a 20-year-old woman at an Upper East Side apartment while she was asleep. On February 2, 2018, a New York State Supreme Court jury found FAY guilty of each count in the indictment against him: Rape, Criminal Sexual Act, and Sexual Abuse, all in the First Degree. The guilty verdict marked one of ten trial convictions obtained by the Manhattan D.A. Sex Crimes Unit in 2018 to date.

“George Fay preyed upon the vulnerability of a sleeping woman who thought she was safe inside an apartment with a friend,” said District Attorney Vance. “Instead, she awoke to find she was being raped by a complete stranger. I would like to thank the survivor in this case who bravely testified about this vile assault, as well as the prosecutors who secured this conviction – one of ten guilty verdicts obtained in difficult sex crimes cases in the first quarter of this year alone. Each day, our pioneering Sex Crimes Unit works tirelessly to advocate for survivors and hold predators like these accountable. No matter the perpetrator, we are here to do justice, and no matter the victim, we are here to help: call our hotline at (212) 335-9373.”

As proven at trial, at approximately 1:40 a.m. on July 9, 2016, the 20-year-old victim left a bar with FAY’s friend and went to an East 72nd Street apartment where FAY and his friend were staying. FAY later returned home and entered the bedroom where the victim was sleeping beside his friend, and raped her as she slept. The assault awoke the victim who screamed, prompting FAY to flee the bedroom. She then awoke FAY’s friend and alerted the building’s doorman, who called 911.

Sex Crimes Trials 

The eleven cases tried by the Manhattan D.A.’s Sex Crimes Unit thus far in 2018 have resulted in ten convictions, including the conviction of FAY:

  • On January 29, 2018, RON CREDLE, 53, was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree for sexually assaulting a 39-year-old acquaintance in an East Harlem shelter in February 2017. He has not yet been sentenced.
  • On February 6, BLAKE TANNEN, 28, was convicted of Assault in the 2nd Degree and Attempted Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree for attacking an intoxicated 25-year-old woman he met in a West Village bar in July 2016 after she refused to perform a sexual act on him. On March 9, TANNEN was sentenced to 7 years in prison with 10 years of post-release supervision.
  • On February 8, BRAULIO JIMENEZ GOMEZ, 53, was convicted of Forcible Touching, Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for sexually abusing his 14-year-old niece while she slept in Inwood in April 2016. On April 17, he was sentenced to 1 year in jail.
  • On February 28, MOHAMED BEZGHOUD, 27, was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree and Forcible Touching for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman after they went on a date on the Upper East Side in April 2017. On March 2, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
  • On February 23, FOMDO DRAME, 47, a club promoter, was convicted of Rape and Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degrees for raping an intoxicated 22-year-old woman – who had no memory of the incident – in May 2016 after bringing her to his Harlem apartment. On March 15, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with 10 years of post-release supervision.
  • On March 27, CHRISTIAN MERCEDES, 26, was convicted of Burglary in the 2nd Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony for following a 60-year-old woman into her Washington Heights apartment building’s elevator, exposing himself, and masturbating in the elevator after the victim fled. On April 11, he was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison with 5 years of post-release supervision.
  • Also on March 28, GIDEON GODSENT, 54, was convicted of Burglary in the 2nd Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony and Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree for pushing his way into a 25-year-old woman’s room and groping her in the Hamilton Heights shelter where they both resided in August 2017. He has not yet been sentenced.
  • On April 3, LUIS ROSADO, 55, was convicted of Attempted Rape and Attempted Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degrees, among other crimes, for the knifepoint attempted rape of a 47-year-old woman staying in the defendant’s Midtown West SRO apartment in May 2017. He has not yet been sentenced.
  • On April 9, LARRY MARTORELL, 45, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st and 3rdDegrees, as well as Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree, for sexually assaulting a friend in her Lower East Side apartment. He has not yet been sentenced.

Sex Crimes Hotline

Anyone who believes a sex crime has occurred in Manhattan is encouraged to call the District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373. The Hotline is a safe place to report crime regardless of your immigration status. Interpreters are available to assist non-native English speakers and individuals who are D/deaf. If you are unsure whether conduct falls within the statute of limitations or otherwise constitutes a crime, you should still call the Hotline. Callers can leave secure messages on the Hotline 24/7/365. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. Survivors of sexual violence committed anywhere in New York City can also call the NYPD’s hotline at 212-267-RAPE.

Manhattan D.A’s Office’s Commitment to Sexual Assault Survivors

In 2015, District Attorney Vance invested $38 million in criminal forfeiture funds to help end the national backlog of untested rape kits. As of December 31, 2017, more than 57,000 rape kits in 20 states have been submitted for testing with the District Attorney’s grants, resulting in new arrests and convictions for sexual assaults committed around the country.

Manhattan Sex Crimes prosecutors regularly conduct trainings to help New Yorkers better identify and report sexual assault, including specialized trainings for college students and nightlife personnel. The D.A.’s Office also conducts public service campaigns relating to sexual violence, including a campaign to raise awareness of “upskirting,” the unlawful, voyeuristic act of photographing a person without her knowledge or permission.

In January 2018, District Attorney Vance announced the formation of the Work-Related Sexual Violence Team. Staffed by 15 specially-trained Assistant District Attorneys and a social worker, the Team is a first-of-its kind effort to engage survivors, encourage reporting, and hold criminal abusers accountable.

Assistant D.As Sara Sullivan, Criminal Court Supervisor for Trial Bureau 60, and Carson Cook, also of Trial Bureau 60, handled the FAY case under the supervision of Assistant D.As Charles Whitt, Chief of Trial Bureau 60, and Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Investigator Steven Lane; Analysts Bhavik Vyas, Sarah Skutch, Jordan Dannenberg, and Elizabeth MacNeil; and Trial Preparation Assistants Natalie Anderson and Jayleen Garcia provided valuable assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked Officers James Cebulski, Jaily Polanco-Balcacer, and Cesar Ponce and Lieutenant Kim Garcia of the NYPD’s 19th Precinct for their assistance with the case.

Defendant Information:

GEORGE FAY, D.O.B. 7/25/1994

New York, NY

Convicted:

  • Rape in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count

Sentenced:

  • 10 years in state prison
  • 5 years of post-release supervision