A Pennsylvania man accused of raping a woman in a New York apartment that he helped her find has been sentenced to seven years in prison, after a jury found the defendant guilty of rape. Ashok Singh, 58, of Easton was also ordered five years of post release supervision. He is also required to register as a sex offender.
.According to a Nov. 22, 2019 press statement from then Queens Acting District Attorney John Ryan, Singh met the victim, described in news reports as a 40-year-old woman, in a temple in the New York borough of Queens. Not only did Singh help the woman find Richmond Hill basement apartment and helped her move-in, he forcibly raped her in December 2015. In November 2019, Singh was found guilty of rape in the first and third degree and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree.
According to the press release, Singh and the woman talked at the temple, and he offered to help her find a place to stay and they exchanged phone numbers. Four days later, the defendant called the woman and said he found her a place and that she needed to move in immediately. Singh helped the then-40-year-old woman move in. Afterwards, he went grocery shopping for food and wine and returned to the basement apartment in Richmond Hill, Queens. Ryan said Singh became enraged and raped the woman after she refused to drink alcohol with him. She ran for help after he fell asleep and contacted a friend for help. The police were notified, and the victim was treated at an area hospital. While the victim was at the hospital, Singh called her and left a voicemail message on her cell phone, saying he was sorry, and he would never do it again without her permission.