Crime

New York Judge Sentences Serial Rapist To Life In Prison For Week-Long Crime Spree

| by Jared Keever
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A New York City judge sentenced a serial rapist to spend the rest of his life behind bars, District Attorney Ken Thompson announced Nov. 23. 

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice sentenced 26-year-old Dexter Bell to 100 years to life in prison for raping three women and a 15-year-old girl during a one-week period in April 2013, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. 

Bell was convicted of the crimes following a jury trial earlier this month. 

“This serial rapist, who committed four rapes within one week, including one of a 15-year-old girl, is a sadistic and violent sexual predator who is simply not fit to walk the streets ever again, Thompson said while announcing the sentence, according to WPIX News. “That’s why he must spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

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Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Doerfler read victim-impact statements at the sentencing hearing, the New York Daily News reports. 

“I was only 15 years old. Why would you do that to me?” the youngest victim said via her statement. “How would you feel if someone did this to you? How would you want someone to treat your mother, sister, or your daughter?”

Bell, of Brooklyn, reportedly took his victims from city streets, often near bus stops and either lured them or forced them into alleyways and stairwells where he raped them. In all four attacks police were notified and rape kits were collected. 

Police arrested Bell after receiving an anonymous tip from someone who had seen media reports about the rapes. The Daily Eagle reports that the tipster was able to provide police with a name and address for Bell.

Sources: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, WPIX News, New York Daily News

Photo credit: Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office via WPIX News