Cleaning man heads to prison for sexually assaulting client
A Brooklyn judge sentenced a cleaning service worker to 40 years to life in prison on Thursday for breaking into a client’s home and sexually assaulting her.
Romaric Guiebre was convicted after a November jury trial for returning to a female client’s Bushwick apartment seven days after cleaning it to break in, terrorizing and sexually assaulting the woman.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dena Douglas sentenced Guiebre to 40 years to life in prison.
“This was an especially heinous attack in which the defendant assaulted and terrorized a woman for hours,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “I am committed to public safety and fighting for justice for all sexual assault victims.”
Prosecutors believe Guiebre used a spare key given to him when he was hired to illegally enter the 29-year-old woman’s apartment at 1:30 a.m on July 25, 2016.
The woman was asleep, but woke up when she heard the jingling of the key and the opening of the front door.
When she went to check on the suspicious noise, the woman encountered the 22-year-old Guiebre, who grabbed her by the throat and threatened to kill her, prosecutors said.
During the attack, the woman fought back and bit Guiebre’s nose until it bled. As the blood gushed from his face, he tied up the victim and blindfolded her with bedsheets before the sexually assault, prosecutors said.
Before leaving the apartment, he robbed her and attempted to clean up the scene by throwing any bloody items into a garbage bag.
Police recovered drops of blood from the floors that matched Guiebre’s DNA, prosecutors said.
After the woman confided in her boyfriend, the police were called and connected the dots to question Guiebre, who had access to the apartment because of the position he was hired for.
Guiebre admitted returning to the apartment and stealing $400 from the woman’s bank account.
A jury found him guilty of predatory sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony, second-degree robbery as a sexually motivated felony, and other charges.