On August 14, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced the arraignment of Richard Olmino, 21, of Port Chester, on child sexual assault charges involving teenagers in three separate June incidents in Rye.
“We are committed to supporting and assisting these young victims of sexual violence and seeking full accountability of the defendants,” Rocah said.
Olmino was charged in an 18-count indictment returned by a Westchester County Grand Jury. The defendant was arraigned August 8 before Westchester County Court Judge George E. Fufidio on the following charges: attempted rape in the first degree; attempted criminal sexual act in the first degree; two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree; four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree; endangering the welfare of a child; four counts of robbery in the third degree, a sexually-motived felony; two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree; three counts of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree.
According to the indictment, on June 23, at approximately 12 a.m., the defendant allegedly threatened a 16-year-old jogger in Rye Town Park, saying he had a knife before tackling her to the ground, exposing himself, and sexually assaulting her. A security guard in the area interrupted the attack and the defendant fled the scene, leaving behind his phone.
City of Rye Police, assisted by County Police and Federal agents, used the defendant’s phone to identify and locate him, leading to his arrest on June 24. At his arraignment in Rye City Court the next day, Judge Valerie A. Livingston remanded the defendant to Westchester County Jail as he had two open warrants in Connecticut for committing lewd public acts and a pending criminal case in Suffolk County.
DNA evidence from the June 23 incident later linked the defendant to a June 3 incident, in which he allegedly sexually assaulted an 18-year-old who was walking home from an after-prom party around 1:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Rye High School.
Olmino appeared in court for an attorney conference August 22 and will return to court September 5. The case is being handled by the Special Prosecutions Division Sex Crimes Bureau Assistant District Attorney Mollie O’Rourke and Deputy Division Chief Michelle Lopez.