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News from the DA's Office

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Today, more than three dozen members of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Witness Aid Services Unit and Special Victims Bureau donned jeans in honor of “Denim Day,” an annual event that promotes awareness of sexual violence and victim blaming. 

DA Vance announced the guilty plea of Cesar Lucas for raping a woman in her Upper West Side apartment in September 2012. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Rape in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Lucas also pleaded guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree for breaking into a different woman’s apartment on August 21, 2012. The defendant is expected to be sentenced on June 9, 2014.

DA Vance announced the appointment of Assistant District Attorney Peirce Moser as Chief of the Tax Crimes Unit. The Unit, formerly known as the Money Laundering and Tax Crimes Unit, is tasked with executing long-term investigations and prosecutions of tax and revenue crimes, expanding cooperation with the Office’s other Bureaus and Units, and ensuring that every individual and corporation pays those taxes that are rightly owed to the city and state. 

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Walter Dandridge to 17 ½ years in state prison plus 5 years of post-release supervision, for selling 29 illegal guns to a New York City Police Department undercover detective. Dandridge pleaded guilty to Criminal Sale of Firearms in the First Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree on March 25, 2014.

A Miami pastor was convicted Tuesday of trying to cash in on counterfeit artworks that mimicked valuable pieces by British art luminary Damien Hirst.

A Manhattan jury found Kevin Sutherland guilty of attempted grand larceny. He could face up to seven years in prison at his sentencing, set for May 19. Defense lawyer Sanford "Sam" Talkin said Sutherland was disappointed in the verdict and would explore options for appealing.