Drifter arraigned on Central Park rape indictment - New York News

Drifter arraigned on Central Park rape indictment

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A drifter pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a bird watcher and groping of two others in Central Park.

David Mitchell, 42, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment that charged him with rape, robbery, assault, weapon possession, forcible touching, and other charges.

Prosecutors said that Mitchell attacked the 73-year-old bird watcher near Strawberry Fields on September 12, about a week after she had photographed him masturbating in public.

The indictment also alleges that Mitchell accosted and groped two other women in the park.

From the New York County D.A.:

Charges

  • Rape in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Robbery in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Assault in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class D felony, 2 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Strangulation in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class D felony, 1 count
  • Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count
  • Menacing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count
  • Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, 2 counts
  • Public Lewdness, a class B misdemeanor, 1 count
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