Man who posed as police officer during rape in Sunset Park gets 32 to life in prison

A 39-year-old Brooklyn man will face 32 years to life in prison for a violent attack in which he assaulted, raped and robbed a woman inside a Sunset Park hotel room after showing her a fake badge and pretending to be a police officer two summers ago.

According to District Attorney Ken Thompson, on July 30, 2014, Jason Forgetta of Ditmas Park stopped a woman who was walking near 517 39th Street, flashed what appeared to be a police badge and struck up conversation. The 26-year-old woman, who was a sex worker, agreed to accompany the defendant to a room she had rented in the Sunny 39 Hotel nearby.

Once inside the room, the defendant told the victim she was under arrest, shoved her against the wall, put a pillow over her head and repeatedly raped her, according to testimony. He then instructed her to take a shower to “wash all the DNA” off, stole her wallet, cell phone and undergarments, and left.

When running after him, the woman was able to acquire the license plate number of the vehicle Forgetta was driving, leading to his arrest, at which time a fake police badge was recovered from the vehicle.

“This serial sex offender is a clear and present danger to all women and must not be allowed to be out on our streets,” said Thompson. “[This] just and lengthy prison sentence ensures that he will never be able to harm anyone else.”

Forgetta was convicted on July 21 of this year of three counts of predatory sexual assault, second-degree strangulation as a sexually motivated felony, third-degree robbery and first-degree criminal impersonation following a jury trial. He was sentenced on Monday, September 12 by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino.

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