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Man convicted of raping woman he helped with Queens house-hunt

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-24 16:49:01-05

QUEENS  — A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of raping a woman in a New York apartment that he helped her find.

Court records show Ashok Singh was found guilty Wednesday. The 58-year-old from Easton, Pennsylvania, is set for sentencing Dec. 19.

A message was left Friday for his attorney.

Queens Acting District Attorney John Ryan says the 40-year-old woman was looking for apartments-for-rent fliers at a house of worship in December 2015 when she encountered Singh, who offered to help her house-hunt.

Prosecutors say he called her four days later to say he’d found a place. He helped her move and bought food and wine.

Ryan says Singh became enraged and forcibly raped the woman after she refused to drink alcohol with him. She ran for help after he fell asleep.

While the woman was at the hospital, Singh called her and left a voicemail. He said that he was sorry.

“The victim in this case met the defendant at a temple and trusted him when he offered to help her find a place to live,” Acting District Attorney Ryan said, “Sadly, she had no idea he was a predator. The defendant raped the victim and later apologized for the attack and promised to ‘never do it again without her permission.’ A jury weighed all the evidence and found the defendant guilty. He will now be incarcerated as punishment for this heinous crime.”

PIX11 contributed to this report.