Choked, Drugged Victim Then Tried to Wash Away Evidence
Had Just Gotten Out of Prison For Sex Assault
BRONX– A serial rapist will spend the next 40 years behind bars for raping a hearing impaired woman. Prosecutors say the man choked and drugged his victim and then tried to wash away evidence of the crime.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to a total of 40 years to life in prison for strangling and raping a 24-year-old woman in her apartment in 2015.
Clark said, “The defendant viciously raped the victim, who is hearing-impaired, in her apartment. The victim valiantly testified against her attacker during the trial. This sexual abuse took place shortly after the defendant had served 21 years in prison for two sexual assaults. I hope the sentence he received brings her some justice as she moves forward with her life. It will keep a brutal attacker off the streets for many years.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Morgan Shuler, 53, of 156th Street, was sentenced on to 40 years to life in prison by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Jeanette Rodriguez-Morick.
A jury found the defendant guilty of four counts of first-degree Sexual Abuse and second-degree Strangulation on October 31, 2018. The defendant was sentenced 25 years to life on the charge of Strangulation, to run consecutively to 15 years to life for first-degree Sexual Abuse.
According to the investigation, between October 7, 2015 and October 8, 2015, the defendant and the victim, who were acquaintances, were in her apartment. As the victim escorted the defendant out of her home, Shuler put her in a chokehold and placed a rag over her mouth and nose. The rag, which had a strange odor and burned the victim’s face, caused her to lose consciousness.
The defendant raped her, and when the victim woke up she was naked in the bathtub with the water running while the defendant sat nearby.