A woman used her tongue to dial 911 after she was bound and raped while house-sitting for a friend on Long Island last month, prosecutors said.
Patrick O’Sullivan of East Moriches, New York, pleaded not guilty to 10 charges, including raping the woman at gunpoint inside the home on November 20.
Prosecutors said the 20-year-old tied the woman up before raping her. After he fled from the scene, she dialed 911 with her tongue since her hands were still bound with duct tape.
Assistant District Attorney James Chalifoux said O’Sullivan entered the home through an unlocked kitchen door around 11 pm. He wore a mask and pointed a loaded .22 caliber Mossberg rifle at the woman.
At one point during the 45 minute attack, O’Sullivan went from room to room and rummaged through the female occupants’ underwear.
“At some point, he threw underwear at the victim and told her to put it on,” Chalifoux said.
Authorities said O’Sullivan and the woman did not know each other, but he did target that house.
“He had some knowledge of the family that lived at that home,” Sixth Precinct Det. William Burke said.
The indictment against O’Sullivan includes charges of rape, predatory sexual assault, criminal use of a firearm, and burglary.
Suffolk County Court Judge Barbara Kahn rejected prosecutors’ request that she set O’Sullivan’s bail at $1 million cash and $5 million bond. She instead set the bail at $250,000 cash and $1 million bond. O’Sullivan remained behind bars as of Wednesday.
O’Sullivan’s attorney declined to respond to the charges, and has not conducted his own inquiry.