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Rapist Who Found Victims Through Escort Ads Sentenced to 20 Years

Silvio Raul Illescas was sentenced to 20-years to life in prison, Feb. 25, 2014.
Silvio Raul Illescas was sentenced to 20-years to life in prison, Feb. 25, 2014.
The man who arranged to meet women offering "escort" services online and then attacked them in Westchester hotels has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced.

Silvio Raul Illescas, 41, of 79 N. Goodwin Ave., Elmsford, pleaded guilty in January 2014 to charges relating to four violent sexual assaults in the Town of Greenburgh, the Village of Tarrytown and City of Yonkers:

• two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault, class “A-2” Felonies,
• one count of Rape in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
• one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony

Illescas grabbed his first rape victim off the street, according to the DA's office. 

He picked his next victim by responding to an escort ad that the victim posted on "backpage.com", an internet bulletin board. As well as the attack—at gunpoint at the Westchester Marriott—he stole three cell phones from the victim. 

Then he used one of the stolen cell phones and called another woman who had posted a similar ad.

He met her at the DoubleTree in Tarrytown and demanded sex without a condom at knifepoint. As she was stabbed and sexually assaulted, the victim got away and was found bleeding in the hall. 

Then he used another of the stolen phones to call another woman advertising services on backpack.com. He met her at the La Quinta Hotel and raped her at knifepoint.

Greenburgh police were contacted immediately after each incident and initiated an investigation. Detectives from the Greenburgh Police Department and the Tarrytown Police Department, the Westchester County Police Department working closely with the Sex Crimes Bureau of the DA’s office and forensic work by the Westchester County Lab in Valhalla were instrumental developing a suspect.

Illescas was arrested by Greenburgh police on March 4, 2013, the DA's office said.

He was initially hit with 28 charges by the D.A.

He pleaded guilty in January.

Genrl Quarters February 28, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Is it possible to rape a call girl ?
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) February 28, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Read the DA's description of the second attack and you'll see: When the victim told the defendant that she would not have sex with him without a condom, the defendant attacked her, punching her in the head and then pressing a knife to her neck telling her that he would kill her if did not comply with what he wanted. A struggle ensued and the defendant choked her leaving serious bruise marks to the side of her neck. The defendant then threatened the victim with a handgun and sexually assaulted her.
Patricia March 13, 2014 at 04:43 PM
This is a bad dude, I hope Genrl Quarters was just trying to be funny.

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