Richard Brown – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual Violent Offender

He had pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory sex assault in December, less than two years after he’d been released from prison. He’d served 25 years for a knifepoint rape in Westchester County.


A judge cited the “horror” of Richard Brown’s sex attack on a woman he accosted outside a Cortlandt supermarket last year, and sentenced him today to serve 15 years to life in state prison.

Brown, a 49-year-old homeless and jobless sex offender, was silent as Westchester County Judge Barbara Zambelli described how difficult it was to read the victim’s account of the Feb. 26 knifepoint attack.

He had pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory sex assault in December, less than two years after he’d been released from prison. He’d served 25 years for a knifepoint rape in Westchester County.

Assistant District Attorney Fred Green called Brown a sociopath who should never be released from prison again.

Brown targeted the 45-year-old woman as she entered her car after shopping at the A&P supermarket on Route 9A just north of Croton-on-Hudson.

Brown jumped in, held the knife to her neck and forced her into the passenger’s seat. He drove the car to a wooded area in Garrison, where he sexually abused her, and left her at Graymoor, home of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement.

A Graymoor security guard called state police, who tracked Brown down two days later.

At the time of his arrest, Brown had been designated a Level 3 sex offender – the most serious level – based on the 1981 rape. He was released in 2006 after serving the maximum amount of time in prison allowed for his conviction.

The case stunned people in Cortlandt and Croton, and brought community leaders and residents together to form a partnership around criminal issues.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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