A Queens man -- indicted on multiple sexual assault charges -- admitted Thursday that he raped a woman in Valley Stream State Park and attacked another woman as she walked home from a nearby train station, according to court records.
Nashane Peterkin, 17, of Springfield Gardens, pleaded guilty Dec. 19 to charges of rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, assault and strangulation in connection with the two attacks. Assistant District Attorney Amanda Burke recommended Peterkin be sentenced to the maximum allowable term under the law, but did not say how long that would be.
Judge Angelo Delligatti told Peterkin that under a plea deal with the court, he would be sentenced to 20 years in prison and 20 years of post-release supervision during his next court appearance on Feb. 3.
However, the teen who police dubbed a “serial predator,” could face another 10 years beyond his prison term in a secure mental health facility under the state’s civil commitment law.
Peterkin, who told the judge he has a 10th-grade education, admitted in court Thursday that he forced himself upon a woman in her 60s and then strangled her until she lost consciousness. Police have said the woman was walking alone along a hiking trail near the Hendrickson Avenue entrance to Valley Stream State Park in broad daylight on Sept. 1 when the violent attack took place.
He also admitted Thursday to attacking a pregnant woman two weeks earlier, as the victim was walking home from a Long Island Rail Road station in Valley Stream. That attack, police said, occurred along Mill Road, when Peterkin -- who was on a bicycle at the time -- grabbed the woman’s buttocks from behind and then chased her down as she tried to run away.
When she stopped to catch her breath, Peterkin pushed her to the ground and punched her in the face before he tried to rip off her shirt and pin her down, detectives said after his arrest. The victim was able to fight him off and Peterkin reportedly took off on his bicycle.
His attorney, Michael Dreishpoon, declined to comment after Thursday’s court proceeding. Peterkin did not answer questions as he was escorted in handcuffs down a courthouse hallway.
The judge said a court-ordered examination found Peterkin was suffering from conduct and sexual sadism disorders, which sources said could potentially lead to a state petition for his commitment to a psychiatric facility after his release from prison.
Delligatti warned Peterkin of the state’s civil commitment statute, saying he was “not likely to be released” after his 20-year prison stint.
Under Article 10 of the state’s mental hygiene law, the state attorney general’s office can petition a judge for a trial to hold a “dangerous sex offender” in a secure mental health facility, beyond their prison sentence, if the person is found to have a “mental abnormality.”