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74-year-old NYC woman to her rapist: 'Rot in hell'

By Jennifer Peltz

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:20 p.m. HST, Oct 16, 2013



NEW YORK » As she faced the ex-convict who raped her in Central Park, a 74-year-old woman condemned him today with composed anger, calling him a "sexual terrorist" and an "evil infestation."

"You, David Albert Mitchell, for the pain you inflicted on me and, by association, my loving family and friends, may you rot in hell for all eternity," she said during his sentencing to 30 years in prison for attacking her as she watched birds in September 2012 — a week after authorities say he noticed her using a camera to document his lewd behavior.

Mitchell, who had previously been charged with sexually attacking other women over age 70, pleaded guilty this month to rape and robbery. His sentenced was settled then.

While the plea deal prevents her from having to testify about her ordeal at a trial, she made plain today that she wanted Mitchell to hear about it from her before the case was closed.

"Make no mistake: This is a sexual terrorist," the woman said, urging a judge "to do the right thing so that nobody else is every hurt or menaced by this evil infestation."

While the woman, 73 at the time, pursued her favorite pastime, Mitchell pounced on her from behind, slammed her to the ground and threatened to cut her throat when she screamed, scratched at him and tried to poke his eyes out, she said.

"I stopped fighting. I figured I was a goner," she recalled.

Mitchell raped her twice, told her to stay prone and count to 100 while he left with her camera bag, and admonished her to stay put when she looked up early, she said. The attack left her with injuries including a broken finger, a smashed tooth and a damaged jaw.

Roughly a week before, the birdwatcher had photographed Mitchell in a lewd moment, and he had confronted her, the Manhattan district attorney's office said.

Mitchell and his attorneys declined to speak at his sentencing, where he showed little reaction as his victim spoke.

The Associated Press generally does not identify sexual assault victims unless they come forward publicly.

Mitchell comes from tiny Jenkinjones, W.Va., where he was charged at age 18 with raping and killing an 86-year-old woman. Acquitted in that case, he was then charged with raping a woman in her 70s; the sexual assault charge was dropped as Mitchell pleaded guilty to other charges, his attorney at the time has said.

Later, Mitchell was suspected but never charged in the death of a 54-year-old woman. He served prison time in other cases, including the abduction of his ex-girlfriend. When he was released in 2011, some Jenkinjones residents bought guns to protect themselves from him.

His New York arrest, plus a convicted sex offender's arrest in a rape in another Manhattan park about two weeks later, led local officials to call for tougher penalties for sex offenders.






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Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
That is one sick, F**K!
on October 16,2013 | 02:49PM
Tarakian wrote:
The victim is brave to face her attacker! Is there a multi sexual offender death penalty? After reading this attack, we should consider one.
on October 16,2013 | 03:58PM
Oio wrote:
Anybody who cannot constrain themselves to the normalcy of society's standards, is in my mind, abnormal. I don't give slack in diagnosing what makes the person tick or untick in these terrible crimes. It all leads to the same thing. The person is abnormal and the victim suffers from the atrocities committed or dies. Plain as day. In this case, doing what he did apparently was A-OK in his mind but NOT okay in most of society's mind, nor in the mind of this rape victim. So is it okay if while incarcerated in the main population of convicted rapists and sex offenders, they prey on each other and only on each other of the same offense? Put all rapist in on block and see what happens...it's all normal for them! If there's a rotten mango in the bin, what do most normal people do?
on October 16,2013 | 04:43PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Scary, New York
on October 16,2013 | 07:24PM
kailua000 wrote:
as if rapes done happen here too. get real
on October 17,2013 | 06:34AM
joseph007 wrote:
why scary. in Hawaii Judge Ahn sentenced a man to probation for raping a 14 year old girl. Keith Kaneshiro agreed to probation for a man raping and kidnapping a 14 year old girl on the State Capitol grounds. Guess we don't like girls here.
on October 17,2013 | 08:07AM
subloins wrote:
And all he got was 30? What a damn shame!!
on October 16,2013 | 08:14PM
Warrior32 wrote:
Death penalty
on October 16,2013 | 08:32PM
kolohepalu wrote:
He needs to be snuffed.
on October 16,2013 | 08:49PM
LMO wrote:
How can he be described as an "ex-convict?" He seems like a current convict to me.
on October 17,2013 | 02:31AM
mikethenovice wrote:
divorced convict?
on October 17,2013 | 07:18AM
nitpikker wrote:
hey! hawaii is not the only place with lax judges. a LOT of others have screwed up.
on October 17,2013 | 05:50AM
lokela wrote:
Put this guy down already. Obviously he doesn't have or had any screws left in his brain.
on October 17,2013 | 06:15AM
kailua000 wrote:
wow, he's always had good attorneys. Whats the deal trying to get him off rather than trying to get him the best reasonable sentence or something like that. Either way, this 74 year old stuck it to him and now its his turn to get raped in jail.
on October 17,2013 | 06:33AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Send him to Iraq and let him get stoned.to death.
on October 17,2013 | 07:17AM
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