Two Raped and Sexual Assaulted Teen in Hudson Valley
A man and woman were found guilty in a sex trafficking case in which a teen was filmed being raped and sexually assaulted.
On Friday in Orange County Court, a jury trial found 25-year-old Franeisha Patterson of Newburgh and 19-year-old Cally Graham of the Bronx guilty of multiple felonies in connection with the rape and sexual assault of a teenage girl.
Both were convicted of rape and criminal sexual act. Patterson was also charged with use of a child in a sexual act. The rape and criminal sexual act charges carry a maximum of 25 years in prison, officials say.
Two other participants in the crime, Franiqua Patterson and Daniel Wapples, previously pleaded guilty to felonies in connection with the crime. Franiqua Patterson pleaded guilty to sex trafficking, Wapples pleaded guilty to the rape.
The rape victim was, at the time, a 15-year-old runaway who was sex trafficked by Franiqua Patterson for approximately a month before the rape occurred, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
On December 12, 2017, the teen went to Franeisha Patterson’s apartment in the City of Newburgh, where all four defendants were present. Franeisha Patterson ordered the victim to have sex with her boyfriend, Graham. Franiqua Patterson ordered the victim to have sex with her boyfriend, Wapples.
Both women repeatedly made those demands, despite the teen's refusal. Wapples forcibly raped the victim, while Graham forcibly orally sodomized her. Franiqua and Franeisha watched the crime from a nearby couch, while Franiqua recorded the crime on her cellphone.
The victim cried during the incident and the four defendants repeatedly yelled at her, laughed at her and cursed at her, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
“Forcible rape and sexual assault are despicable crimes, under any circumstances,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said in a press release. “But to participate in crimes like that, while they’re being committed against a trafficked teenager, and while they’re being recorded, that conduct sinks to another level of depravity."
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