A truly complicated and confounding case of rape occurred in New York City this week. A 16 year old pizza delivery boy was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in her apartment after he had delivered a pizza to the woman’s neighbor according to the New York Daily News.
The underage youth delivered the pizza after midnight, and upon noticing that the neighbor’s door was ajar, broke in and raped the woman who was asleep on her bed. The victim called the police and the teenager was arrested at a pizzeria in Hell’s Kitchen. The teenager had a previous run in with the law, last month he was arrested for breaking into another woman’s apartment and stealing her wallet while delivering a pizza. He has been charged with rape, criminal trespassing and burglary. The woman was 35 years old and said it took the teenager 30 seconds. The alleged victim also had her 7 year old daughter sleeping in the bed beside her. She said the teenager apologized before he ran away. She also said that she’d left the door unlocked because that was her normal routine as she’s lived in the building for 25 years. Her mother also lives across the hall.
There are many questions that arise from such a situation, such as how the law will treat a 16 year old charged with such a brutal crime. There were some questions as to whether the young man was mentally handicapped as well. When being led to the squad car by police, he wasn’t wearing any shoes. Reporters from the Daily News were not sure if this was because he was mentally disturbed or just very nervous from getting caught. Having a prior arrest for a theft crime where he broke into an apartment during a pizza delivery will not help his case, or his Criminal Defense Attorney’s attempt to defend him.
In a case such as this, the defense will have to play up the fact that he is a minor. A court might have more grace on a minor, however a minor who has committed sexual assault next to a 7 year old girl could be charged as an adult and face some serious jail time. In addition, his boss may face charges for allowing a teenager who has already been arrested for committing a crime while working to continue to deliver pizzas.