A Hempstead man was arraigned on Tuesday on charges of attempted rape, attempted sexual abuse, robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and coercion for three separate attacks on sex workers last year, according to a report from the district attorney’s office.
Ramone Smith, 23, allegedly attempted to rape a sex worker at knifepoint in a Westbury motel last July, according to the report. He was also charged with meeting three separate women in June and August of 2013 at his apartment building in Hempstead and sexually assaulting them.
If convicted of the top charges, Smith faces 50 years to life in prison.
“These women were victimized twice – by both the commercial sex trade and the brutal violence of their attacker,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in the release. “This defendant inflicted even more pain and degradation on women who were already in need of help and protection.”
According to the DA, on July 18 of last year, Smith attempted to rape a 22-year-old New Hampshire woman at knifepoint at the woman’s room at the Red Roof Inn in Westbury. He had answered the woman’s ad on the Internet site Backpage and agreed to meet her at her motel room, where he attempted to sexually assault her. He also stole an item of her lingerie before she was able to escape.
Smith was also charged with meeting three separate women in June and August 2013 at his apartment building after he answered each woman’s ad in an “adult entertainment services” section of the site, according to the report. Instead, he lured the women to the roof of his building where he sexually assaulted them.
Smith was apprehended last year by detectives from the Nassau County Police Department’s Narcotics Vice Squad, which was working in tandem with the Special Victims Squad. He was arrested on September 3 and re-arrested on November 15.