Richard Olmino, 21 of Port Chester, was charged in an 18-count indictment returned by a Westchester County Grand Jury, with sexually assaulting two teenagers during two separate June attacks in Rye.
“We are committed to supporting and assisting these young victims of sexual violence and seeking full accountability of the defendants,” said Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. “Meanwhile the vigilant work of our local police and the DA’s Office investigators continue to keep Westchester safe.”
The defendant was arraigned on Aug. 8 before Westchester County Court Judge George E. Fufidio on the following charges:
- Attempted Rape in the First Degree
- Attempted Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree
- Two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree
- Four counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Four counts of Robbery in the Third Degree, a sexually motived felony
- Two counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree
- Three counts of Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree
According to the indictment, on June 23 at approximately 12 a.m., the defendant allegedly threatened a 16-year-old jogger in Rye Town Park saying he had a knife before tackling her to the ground, exposing himself and sexually assaulting her. A security guard in the area interrupted the attack and the defendant allegedly fled the scene leaving behind his phone.
City of Rye police, assisted by county police and federal agents, utilized the defendant’s phone to identify and locate him leading to his arrest on June 24. At a June 25 arraignment in Rye City Court, Judge Valerie A. Livingston remanded the defendant to Westchester County Jail as he had two open warrants in Connecticut for public lewd acts and a pending criminal case in Suffolk County.
DNA evidence from the June 23 incident linked the defendant to a June 3 incident where, at approximately 1:36 a.m., the defendant allegedly sexually assaulted an 18-year-old who was walking home from an after-prom party in the vicinity of Rye High School.
Prosecutors charged the defendant, who remains in custody, for both June incidents in the Aug. 8 indictment in Westchester County Court. His next court date is Aug. 22.
The case is being prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions Division Sex Crimes Bureau Assistant District Attorney Mollie O’Rourke and Special Prosecutions Deputy Division Chief Michelle Lopez.
The Westchester DA reminds the public that the charges against the defendants are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.