People v. Greene, 2015-1478 Q C

CourtNew York Supreme Court — Appellate Term
Citation73 Misc.3d 138 (A),155 N.Y.S.3d 525 (Table)
Decision Date26 November 2021
Parties The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Curtis A. GREENE, Appellant.
Docket Number2015-1478 Q C

73 Misc.3d 138 (A)
155 N.Y.S.3d 525 (Table)

The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent,
v.
Curtis A. GREENE, Appellant.

2015-1478 Q C

Supreme Court, Appellate Term, New York, Second Dept., 2, 11, 13 Jud. Dist.

Decided on November 26, 2021


New York City Legal Aid Society (Will A. Page of counsel), for appellant.

Queens County District Attorney (John M. Castellano, Johnnette Traill, William Branigan and Mirza Hadzic of counsel), for respondent.

PRESENT: THOMAS P. ALIOTTA, P.J., DAVID ELLIOT, WAVNY TOUSSAINT, JJ.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, without costs.

On January 12, 2015, defendant was convicted, upon his guilty plea, of forcible touching ( Penal Law § 130.52 ). The victim's statement, set forth in the accusatory instrument, provides that she was on the "A train [when defendant] touched her chest and grabbed her buttocks without her consent." At a hearing held pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) (see Correction Law § 168-n ), defendant argued that he should not have been assessed 10 points under risk factor one, since there was no proof of forcible compulsion, and that, under risk factor seven, he should not have been assessed 20 points, since the People failed to establish that he and the victim were strangers. The Criminal Court found, among other things, that the People established by clear and convincing evidence that defendant used forcible compulsion and that he was a stranger to the victim. Consequently, the Criminal Court assessed a total of 90 points on the risk assessment instrument (RAI) and designated defendant a level two sex offender.

On appeal, defendant contends that the People failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence that he had used forcible compulsion when he committed the underlying criminal offense or that he was a stranger to the victim. The People argue that the clear and convincing evidence established that defendant—described in the People's notice of the SORA hearing as a 36-year-old male, six feet, one inch tall, weighing 180 pounds—had grabbed the 52-year-old female victim's buttocks, and touched her chest, while they were on a subway train. This conduct...

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