NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — A New Rochelle man has been arraigned for the alleged rape of a developmentally disabled supermarket worker, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Fitton Telesford, 47, was charged in a 13-count indictment Tuesday that includes counts of rape and criminal sexual acts, Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore said.
Prosecutors detailed Teleford’s alleged scheme, saying he approached the 39-year-old woman, who is physically and developmentally disabled, while inside a ShopRite in New Rochelle on Feb. 7.
During the victim’s lunch break, Teleford, who presented himself using a fake name, told her he would take her out for pizza, prosecutors said.
After the victim agreed, Teleford took her into his car and drove her a short distance away into an shopping center’s parking lot where he allegedly raped and sexually assaulted her, authorities said.
New Rochelle police launched an investigation and found that DNA evidence identified Teleford as the assailant, prosecutors said. He was arrested May 4, nearly three months to the day after the attack.
His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 1. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.