Guilty verdict in Ozone Park molesting case

By Eric Jankiewicz

OZONE PARK — A jury found a Queens pedophile guilty of molesting two young sisters from Ozone Park between 2009 and 2012, the Queens district attorney said.

Michel Evangelista, 42, according to the DA, was taking care of the girls when he attempted to have sex with the 6-year-old and carry out other acts in the summer of 2009. But the girl did not tell anyone about it until 2013, when she told her mother. The mother then asked the victim’s sister, who is slightly younger, if anyone ever touched her. The younger sister revealed that she in the summer of 2013 she woke up in the middle of the night to Evangelista in the bed, touching her private parts, according to the Queens DA.

For these crimes, Evangelista faced three counts of a criminal sexual act and one count each of attempted rape, sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Queens DA. He will be sentenced April 28 and can go to jail for up to 52 years, according to the Queens DA

“A jury has convicted the defendant of being a sexual predator who victimized two young girls and betrayed the trust of their parents who had placed their daughters into his care,” Queens DA Richard Brown said. “As such, he has proven himself to be a threat to children and a clear and present danger to society in general. His conviction ensures that he is punished for his crimes.”

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