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Ex-con is convicted in March sex crime

Attack happened on Woodhaven street

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:30 am

A man who served 18 years in prison for manslaughter for fatally stabbing his aunt was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in March on a Woodhaven street near a laundromat where he worked.

Richard Kassebaum, 42, who had lived in Lindenwood, was found guilty of first-degree sexual abuse, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and two counts of forcible touching. He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 15.

Kassebaum was released on parole in 2009 after serving more than 18 years for killing his aunt in her Flushing home in 1990, according to state records. He was still on parole at the time of the attack.

According to trial testimony, Kassebaum was working at a laundromat located at 85-42 Woodhaven Blvd. on March 31 at around 4:30 a.m. when a 40-year-old woman left and began walking home while her clothes were washing. As she left and turned the corner onto 86th Road, Kassebaum followed her, grabbed her from behind and knocked her glasses from her head. He then grabbed her buttocks and fled after the woman screamed. She later identified her attacker as a male wearing a navy blue short-sleeve shirt and jeans, which Kassebaum was wearing at the time of the attack, according to footage from the laundromat’s surveillance video.

On the video, Kassebaum is seen in the parking lot after the victim left and walking behind her on 86th Road and later running back into the laundromat from 86th Road immediately after the attack.

Police had originally arrested Kassebaum for the attack on a 23-year-old woman in Forest Park on March 29. In that case, the woman was tasered from behind while jogging on a bridle path near the Jackie Robinson Parkway by a man who then sexually assaulted her. The man was scared off by a couple walking nearby. Kassebaums’s arrest was later voided but he was rearrested for the March 31st incident. Police are still looking for the man wanted for the park attack.

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