A man was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after raping a young girl in the laundry room of an apartment building, prosecutors in New York said.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that the 42-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree rape and other charges for the attack on the 13-year-old girl in the basement laundry room of her Gravesend apartment building and threatening her with scissors.
“This defendant’s brutal attack on an innocent and defenseless child is unforgivable. He has proven himself unfit to live in a civilized society and now must be locked up as punishment for his deplorable crimes and to protect others,” District Attorney Thompson said.
The District Attorney said that the defendant, Bennett Castello, 42, of East 29th Street, in Midwood, Brooklyn, was convicted of two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony, following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun.
The defendant faces 25 years to life in prison on the top count.
According to the police investigation, around 3:30 p.m., in the vicinity of West 2nd Street in Gravesend, the victim entered her apartment building and was followed inside by the defendant.
He then followed her into the elevator, pressed the button for the basement and forced her out while threatening her with scissors.
The defendant then forced the girl into the laundry room where he groped and raped her, and then threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
After the defendant fled, the victim ran upstairs to her apartment, told her parents what happened and
they called police.