(RepublicanInformer.com)- New York State’s “soft on criminals” bail reform laws have been a gift that keep on giving. Last week Raymond Wilson, a 31-year-old homeless man was arrested and charged with sexual abuse and burglary in connection to a June 12 incident in which Wilson broke into a girl’s home and rubbed his genitals on her foot as she slept.
According to authorities, Wilson slipped inside the residence through an unlocked back door. When the victim felt “something slimy” on her feet, she woke up and saw a strange man standing at the foot of her bed rubbing his penis against her toes. When the child screamed out, the suspect got dressed and fled, leaving behind a cigarette lighter, camera lens and a convenient DNA sample.
But Wilson never should have been on the streets to begin with.
According to the NYPD, Wilson had been arrested nineteen times since November 2020. Now, with this recent arrest, he has an even twenty. In addition to six separate arrests for burglary, in May Wilson was arrested on four consecutive days for lesser offenses.
And, thanks to New York’s bail reform law, every time Raymond Wilson was released from jail with no bail – sometimes without any conditions, sometimes under terms of supervisory release like treatment for addiction or job training.
A month before he was found sexually molesting that child, Wilson was arrested for third-degree burglary in Manhattan. But third-degree burglary is not a bail-eligible crime under the state’s bail reform law, so Wilson was released once again.
It wasn’t until Wilson allegedly broke into another Manhattan building in early July while he was out on supervised release that the DA requested bail. The judge set bail at $7,500 on July 3 and Wilson was jailed. On July 20, Wilson resolved all of his 2021 charges with a guilty plea in four of the cases. But he was sentenced to time served and released again.
A week later, police arrested Wilson breaking into a clothing store in Soho. By that time, thanks to Wilson leaving his DNA behind, police had already connected him to the June 12 sexual abuse case.
When Wilson was arraigned last week, Judge Anne Swerne imposed a six-figure bail, adding that she thinks “he faces a significant period of incarceration.”