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Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison for Predatory Sexual Assault

Published: 7/3/2019

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Gary Leigh, Chief Investigator
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On May 22, 2019, a Dutchess County jury unanimously found Dominique Gomez guilty of Predatory Sexual Assault (Penal Law § 130.95[1][a]), an A-II felony, Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree (Penal Law § 130.50[1]), a B violent felony, Burglary in the First Degree (Penal Law § 140.30[2]), a B violent felony, Assault in the First Degree (Penal Law § 120.10[4]), a B violent felony, Attempted Robbery in the First Degree (Penal Law §§ 110/160.15[1]), a C violent felony, Strangulation in the Second Degree (Penal Law § 121.12), a D violent felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Penal Law § 260.10[1]), an A misdemeanor. On July 1, 2019, Judge McLoughlin sentenced the defendant, a second violent felony offender, to the following: an indeterminate term of 25 years to life in prison on the Predatory Sexual Assault conviction; a determinate term of 25 years in prison, followed by 25 years of post-release supervision on the Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree conviction; a determinate term of 25 years in prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision on the Burglary in the First Degree conviction; a determinate term of 25 years in prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision on the Assault in the First Degree conviction; a determinate term of 15 years in prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision on the Attempted Robbery in the First Degree conviction; a determinate term of 7 years in prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision on the Strangulation in the Second Degree conviction; and a one-year definite term in jail on the Endangering the Welfare of a Child conviction.

The defendant’s convictions stem from a home invasion in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 23, 2018 in the Village of Wappingers Falls. The defendant, with his face and head covered, and his hands encased in rubber gloves, broke into the victim’s home where she was sleeping with her five-year-old daughter. The victim awoke to the defendant standing over her, demanding money. After the victim told the defendant she did not have any cash, the defendant threw her down a flight of stairs into the basement, breaking her back. When the victim was able to get to a landline telephone to dial 911, the defendant ripped the cord out of the phone and strangled her until she lost consciousness. Once the victim regained consciousness, the defendant demanded that she carry her hysterical child to the child’s bedroom. The defendant then commanded that the victim go into her own bedroom, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him. At approximately 4:52 a.m., a uniformed police officer from the Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department arrived at the house in response to the attempted 911 call placed by the victim. When the officer knocked on the front door, the defendant fled the house through the back door. New York State Police also responded to the scene and conducted a thorough investigation. The defendant’s cellphone was located inside the victim’s house, and his DNA was discovered on multiple pieces of evidence, which ultimately led to his arrest.

As a result of the defendant’s actions, the victim had to undergo emergency spine surgery during which permanent, titanium rods were inserted into her back. She was hospitalized for more than a week and is still undergoing physical therapy. The victim will likely never regain full mobility.

The defendant has a violent criminal history. On August 20, 2014, he was convicted in Dutchess County Court, after a jury trial, of two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, two counts of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, and one count of Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree. The trial court originally sentenced the defendant to 7 years in prison, followed by 2 years of post-release supervision. On appeal, the Appellate Division, Second Department reduced the defendant’s sentence to 5 years in prison. On October 3, 2018, the defendant was released to New York State Parole and, approximately two and a half months later, he committed the instant crimes.