peekskill man sentenced to 20 years

in state prison for rape

 

                   

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Gregory Hicks (DOB 07/05/59) of 1431 Park Street, Peekskill, New York, was sentenced today to a determinate term of 20 years in state prison after a jury trial convicting him of:

 

  • one count of Rape in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony,
  • two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, class “B” Violent Felonies,
  • one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Violent Felony,

 

relating to the rape of a female acquaintance.

 

On October 22, 2010, at approximately 10:30 pm, the victim and the defendant were in a laundry room at 1431 Park Street in Peekskill.

 

The defendant kissed the victim, an acquaintance, and attempted to undress her.

 

When she stated she did not want to have sex, the defendant became enraged and punched and kicked the victim, forcing her to the ground.

 

During the brutal attack, the defendant forcibly raped and sodomized the victim.

 

The defendant subsequently fled the scene.

 

Citizens heard the victim’s cries for help and contacted police.

 

Peekskill Police found the defendant outside the apartment complex within minutes of the assault and brought him to police headquarters for questioning.

 

The defendant was subsequently arrested and charged.

 

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

 

The defendant was sentenced as a Predicate Violent Felony Offender on a 2001 conviction for a violent felony offense, Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree.

 

Upon release from state prison, the defendant is required to register as a Sex Offender and will remain under post-release supervision for 10 years.

 

Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lopez, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, prosecuted the case.

 

 

Gregory Hicks