A New Rochelle man has been indicted for the February rape of a mentally and physically disabled woman who he lured by offering her a pizza lunch on her break, according to New York Daily News.
On February 7, Fitton Telesford, 37, met his 39-year-old disabled victim — whose name has not been released to the public — for the first time at a grocery store, located in a plaza, where she worked as a bagger. He gave her a fake name and chatted with her for a while to gain her trust. When it was time for her lunch break, he offered to take her out for a pizza at a nearby restaurant.
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Without hesitation, she agreed to go out to lunch with him. The two walked to his car and drove off, but it wasn’t to a pizza joint — Telesford had other plans. He drove his victim to an indoor parking garage that was located in the shopping plaza where the victim worked, according to District Attorney Janet DiFiore’s statement.
While inside the parking garage, he forced the disabled woman to get into the backseat of his car and began raping and sexually assaulting her.
After raping the disabled woman, he drove her back to the grocery store where she worked and fled the scene. Once the victim was out of the car and made it to safety, she reported the rape to Westchester police, according to the Journal News.
After three months of investigating the rape, DNA evidence pointed to Telesford as the attacker, and on May 4, he was arrested for raping the disabled woman.
Telesford’s arraignment was held Tuesday, and he was charged with a slew of felony crimes such as rape, criminal sexual act, and sexual abuse. If he is found guilty of the sickening crimes, he could face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
The alleged rapist is currently held at the Westchester County jail in Valhalla, and he is set to appear in court on September 1 for sentencing.
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