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Crown Heights Man Gets 15 to Life For Sexual Assaults in Prospect Park, BK DA

The assaults occurred in Prospect Park in 2019 and 2021.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Thursday announced that a Crown Heights man was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting two women as they were walking through Prospect Park.

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Carlis Clarke, 28, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, according to a news release.

He was sentenced last week by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Christopher Robles to 15 years to life in prison. The defendant was convicted of one count of predatory sexual assault, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count of second-degree assault on March 18, 2024, following a jury trial.

“I commend the victims in this case for the incredible courage and grace they showed by coming to court and testifying against the defendant. He has now been brought to justice and with today’s lengthy sentence it is ensured that he will not be able to attack any other innocent, vulnerable women," Gonzalez said,

According to the evidence, on March 11, 2019, at approximately 4:30pm, a 25-year-old woman was walking through Prospect Park when the defendant walked up to her, grabbed her by the hair, pulled her off the path and dragged her into the woods. He then sexually assaulted her, dragged her to a fence, and forced himself on her again.  The defendant and the victim then heard a noise, he became distracted, and she was able to flee.

Furthermore, according to the evidence, on February 23, 2021, at approximately 3:30pm, a 33-year-old woman was walking through Prospect Park when the defendant, wearing a ski mask, grabbed the woman by the hair, pulled her into the woods, sat on her, and sexually assaulted her. As the victim fought him off and screamed, a passerby heard her, came to her aid, and chased the defendant away.