Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2017

DA VANCE: MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RAPE AND ROBBERY OF EAST RIVER PARK JOGGER

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of PAUL NILES, 30, to 40 years in state prison and 20 years’ post-release supervision for raping and robbing a 26-year-old woman who was jogging in East River Park in November 2015. On September 12, 2017, the defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of the top counts in the indictment against him, including Rape in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, and Strangulation in the Second Degree.
 
“This was a brutal stranger assault, and I commend the victim for her bravery in bringing her attacker to justice, as well as the prosecutors and members of law enforcement who worked tirelessly on this case,” said District Attorney Vance. “According to a report on runner safety, more than 40 percent of women have experienced harassment while jogging. Female runners should be able to engage in this activity without fear of being threatened, sexually assaulted, or worse.”
 
As proven at trial, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 25, 2015, NILES attacked a 26-year-old woman as she was jogging in East River Park and forced the victim to move to a different area of the park, where the defendant sexually assaulted her. Following the attack, NILES took the victim’s phone and credit card, which he later used at a fast food location in Brooklyn.  
 
Assistant District Attorney Alissa Wimmer handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.
 
 
PAUL NILES, D.O.B. 9/5/1987
New York, NY
 
Convicted:
  • Rape in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Strangulation in the Second Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
 
Sentenced:
  • 40 years in state prison
  • 20 years’ post-release supervision