Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe this week announced that Holger Lema-Yaucan (DOB 6/20/88) of 281 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, New York pled guilty to one count of rape in the first degree, a class “B” felony.
Lema-Yaucan was arrested after an incident on September 9, 2017. He was accused of forcibly engaging in sexual intercourse with a female with whom he had an intimate relationship with inside her home, located at 18 Franka Place in Spring Valley. During the attack, the defendant strangled and punched her in the face several times. Lema-Yaucan’s two young children were in the room during the violent rape.
District Attorney Zugibe said, “The defendant subjected the victim to a violent and terrifying sexual attack, during which he used excessive force and hit her several times in the face, just feet from their children. Today’s plea will spare the victim from having to testify against him at trial and the pain of having to relive her nightmare.”
The defendant was arrested by members of the Spring Valley Police Department on September 11, 2017. Lema-Yaucan will be sentenced to eight years in state prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision on September 11, 2018. Additionally, he must register as a sex offender upon release.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Devlin and Supervising Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Parietti.
DA’S Press Release