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Aug. 8, 2022 – Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that 54-year-old Yorktown resident Patrick Patierno was sentenced on August 8, 2022, to five years in state prison, with 10 years of post-release supervision, following his conviction after a trial in May for sexual abuse of an employee at a deli he owns in Ossining.

"Sexual abuse will not be tolerated especially when perpetrated by abusers in a position of authority who exploit their power. Today’s sentence should send a clear message that perpetrators of sexual abuse will be brought to justice and held accountable,” DA Rocah said. “My office is committed to assisting victims who come forward.”

On Jan. 14, 2021, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Patierno entered the home of the victim, restrained and forcibly subjected her to sexual contact. The Ossining Police Department arrested Patierno on January 15, 2021, following an investigation.

After a two-week trial in May, a jury found Patierno guilty of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a felony, and Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor. Patierno will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

In a statement submitted to the court, the victim said: “My life is no longer the same…as much as I try to find myself to be who I was before, I can't…. I feel that every person who approaches me, all they want is to hurt me and come to me with bad intentions…. I’m tormented day by day by those thoughts. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what I went through because it’s horrible, especially when you’re afraid to speak up.”

The case was tried before Judge Barry Warhit, and sentence was imposed by Judge Susan Cacace, in Westchester County Court. The case was prosecuted by Sex Crimes Bureau Chief Wendy Parra and Assistant District Attorney Marissa Morra-Wynn.

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Anna Young, Public Information Officer
(914) 995-6551
ayoung@westchesterda.net

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