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Sept. 7, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that James Brower (DOB 01/10/82) of 45 Park Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY was sentenced to fifteen years in state prison by Judge Susan Cacace after being convicted by a jury on

June 1, 2017 of:

  • one count of Burglary in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Forcible Touching, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
  • one count of Stalking in the Third Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

On or about Oct. 12, 2016 at approximately 3 p.m. in the vicinity of West 3rd Street and South 11th Avenue in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, the defendant accosted a female victim who was walking to a nearby deli. He made sexually charged statements which placed her in fear that he would subject her to unwanted contact. 

When the victim attempted to ignore the defendant and continue on her way, the defendant followed the victim, repeated his sexual advance and forcibly slapped her buttocks.  Fearful that defendant would follow through on his continued threats of sexual advances, the victim fled to the safety of her home where she reported the assault to her husband.

During her disclosures, the homeowners were startled to discover the defendant had pursued the victim into their home and threshold of her bedroom. Upon seeing the victim’s husband, however, the defendant fled the scene with the husband in pursuit who also called 911. The defendant was apprehended shortly thereafter by the Mount Vernon Police Department, who responded quickly and efficiently to the homeowners call for aid.

The defendant was also sentenced to fifteen years post release supervision and he must register as a sex offender once he is released from state prison.

He was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lopez of the Superior Court Trial Division.

police photograph of James Brower

James Brower

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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