Woke Manhattan DA does it AGAIN: Man who secured 30-day jail deal after raping teen relative harasses 5 others

Justin Washington allegedly went on a sex-crime spree just a week before he was scheduled to be sentenced, said a report

Woke Manhattan DA does it AGAIN: Man who secured 30-day jail deal after raping teen relative harasses 5 others
Justin Washington allegedly sexually assaulted five people in the Bronx (@nypdtips/Instagram)
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THE BRONX, NEW YORK CITY: Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, offered a "sweet deal" to a man accused of raping his teenage relative. A month later, however, the man allegedly sexually harassed five people in the Bronx. Justin Washington, 25, consented to enter a guilty plea to a charge of coercion in his Manhattan rape case in August after being promised a lucrative 30-day jail sentence and five years of probation, New York Post reported.

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Justin Washington, 25, is accused of attacking four women and a man on September 15 in the Bronx, close to a homeless shelter where he was staying. The NY Post claims that Washington first broke through a window, groped an 18-year-old man's buttocks, and demanded money before running away empty-handed.

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According to a report from the police on Monday, September 19, Justin Washington, 25, of Phelan Place in the borough's Morris Heights neighborhood, was detained on Saturday, September 17 at 8 am in the 41st Precinct as part of an ongoing investigation. He was facing charges including attempted rape, burglary, attempted burglary, sex abuse, forcible touching, assault, and lewdness.

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Prosecutors with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced that they were re-evaluating the sentence suggested as part of the plea deal after learning about the arrest on September 15. Some police officers claimed that the plea deal should never have been presented in the first place. "How does a man who rapes an innocent teenage girl walk the streets to sexually attack five more innocent people, including a homeless woman?" NY Post quoted a police officer as saying. Another police source mocked the 30-day sentence, pointing out that if found guilty of the original rape charge against Washington, he could have spent up to 25 years in prison. The officer stated, "That is a sweet deal. He went from rape one and facing 25 years in jail, which is hard time, to 30 days. What a joke."

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The maximum sentence for the second-degree coercion charge, to which Washington agreed to enter a plea, is 16 months to four years in prison, which is much longer than the 30 days the DA had suggested. A police officer stated, "He should not have been allowed to walk the streets after committing such heinous crimes. What about the teenager?" He added, "The DA should be coming up with programs for victims, not criminals."

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Defending the original plea offered to Washington, Emily Tuttle, a spokesperson for Bragg's office said, "Our experienced sex crimes prosecutors conducted a thorough investigation and were in regular contact with the survivor’s family throughout this case. Based on the evidence, we determined that this was an appropriate plea to spare the young survivor from having to testify while holding Washington accountable for his conduct." She added, "As the investigation into this week’s extremely disturbing allegations in the Bronx continues, we will determine whether to ask for a lengthier jail sentence."

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According to law enforcement sources, Washington was first arrested on February 23 after a teenage relative reported to police that he had sexually assaulted her while they were watching television together in East Harlem. First-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, and forcible touching charges were brought against him, and he was detained on a meager $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond, despite the fact that the prosecution had asked the court to set a $100,000 bail in connection with the case. After determining they lacked sufficient evidence, the prosecution dropped Washington's charges to third-degree rape about three weeks later. He was then released from custody when the judge lowered his bail to $12,000, which allowed him to leave jail.

Despite making all of his court appearances, Washington, who has never been arrested before, is accused of using his final days of freedom last Thursday to carry out a series of attacks, according to court documents. This was less than a week before he was scheduled to be sentenced.

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The 26-year-old woman who allegedly witnessed Washington masturbating on her fire escape said Thursday that the incident left her feeling "shaken up," but Bragg's choice to offer him a plea deal in advance is just a normal part of life in NY City these days.

Washington was eventually sent to Rikers Island after the judge set bail at $50,000 cash or a $150,000 bond. The case has been adjourned until September 28.

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