East Elmhurst Man Sent to Prison for Child Rape

Predator Was Known To Victim’s Family

A 29-year-old East Elmhurst man has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for the sexual assault and rape of an eight-year-old girl in her home last year.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown identified the defendant as Carlos Quezada, 29, of East Elmhurst, who was sentenced last Wednesday, Apr. 25, to 22 years to life in prison by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak, who presided over a jury trial in February.

At trial, Quezada was convicted of predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

“Today’s sentence is more than justified as it is necessary in order to protect society from this individual who has proven himself to be a danger to the public,” Brown said last Wednesday. “There is no room in a civilized society for predators such as this defendant.”

According to trial testimony, at approximately 5 p.m., on Jan. 28, 2011, Quezada, who was known to the victim’s family, sexually abused and raped the victim, who was eight years old at the time, inside of a location in East Elmhurst.

Assistant District Attorney Mina Q. Malik of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Marjory D. Fisher, bureau chief, and Kenneth M. Appelbaum and Lucinda C. Suarez, deputy bureau chiefs, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Charles A. Testagrossa and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Daniel A. Saunders.

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