DA SINI: MASTIC MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR 2018 SEXUAL ASSAULT IN PATCHOGUE
(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a Mastic man to 12 years to life in prison for the sexually assaulting a female victim in Patchogue in May 2018.
“This is a dangerous, depraved individual who attacked and sexually assaulted a stranger in broad daylight,” District Attorney Sini said. “This is a significant sentence that serves justice for the victim and holds the defendant accountable for his heinous actions.”
Jessie Graham, 40, pleaded guilty on Sept. 4 to one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a D violent felony. Due to Graham’s criminal history, he was deemed a mandatory persistent violent felony offender by the Court. He was sentenced today by Suffolk County Court Judge Karen M. Wilutis to 12 years to life in prison and was certified a violent sexual offender.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on May 4, 2018, Graham approached an adult female as she was walking through the Swan River Preserve, located in Patchogue, and asked for money and to borrow her cell phone. When she refused, Graham forced the woman into the woods and sexually assaulted her. Graham then stole the victim’s cell phone and money from her handbag and fled.
The victim immediately went to a nearby business, contacted the police and provided a physical description of the assailant.
The defendant was apprehended approximately 20 minutes later on Main Street in Patchogue in possession of the victim’s phone and money and was arrested by the Suffolk County Police Department.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Raphael Pearl, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Major Crime Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Anne E. Oh, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.