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Park Avenue lawyer ‘led double life as a serial sex criminal’ as he is charged with attempted rape

A New York City lawyer who has a practice on Manhattan’s prestigious Park Avenue allegedly led a double life as a serial sex criminal.

Ra’Shaun Kelley, 35, is alleged to have committed at least three sex attacks in Manhattan four years ago may be a suspect in other assault cases, authorities say.

Kelley, a commercial lawyer who graduated from New York Law School, faces numerous charges, including burglary, sex abuse, and attempted rape.

Surveillance footage shows an African-American man following three-different women into apartment buildings in the East Village and Harlem in late 2014-early 2015, police told the New York Daily News.

Kelley, a resident of Brooklyn, was arrested on Friday by the New York Police Department.

Ra’Shaun Kelley, 35, is alleged to have committed at least three sex attacks in Manhattan four years ago may be a suspect in other assault cases, authorities say

Surveillance footage shows an African-American man following three-different women into apartment buildings in the East Village and Harlem in late 2014-early 2015

Surveillance footage shows an African-American man following three-different women into apartment buildings in the East Village and Harlem in late 2014-early 2015

Police allege that in each instance, Kelley crept up behind unsuspecting women as they walked into their buildings or entered elevators

Police allege that in each instance, Kelley crept up behind unsuspecting women as they walked into their buildings or entered elevators

Police allege that in each instance, Kelley crept up behind unsuspecting women as they walked into their buildings or entered elevators.

He then is alleged to have molested the women while attempting to rape them.

None of the women suffered serious injuries.

Kelley, who was arraigned on Saturday at Manhattan Criminal Court, has denied the charges.

His lawyer, Christopher Carrion, went to law school with Kelley.

Carrion told the Daily News that the evidence collected so far does not prove Kelley’s guilt.

‘To say it was shaky is being generous,’ Carrion said of the evidence.

Carrion said that one of the victims who picked Kelley out of a lineup said that she could not be certain it was him, but that there was a resemblance to the real attacker.

‘Not one filler resembled my client,’ Carrion said.

A filler is someone who is not suspected of a crime but is asked to stand in a police lineup.

Kelley, a commercial lawyer who graduated from New York Law School, faces numerous charges, including burglary, sex abuse, and attempted rape

Kelley, a commercial lawyer who graduated from New York Law School, faces numerous charges, including burglary, sex abuse, and attempted rape

Kelley, a commercial lawyer who graduated from New York Law School, faces numerous charges, including burglary, sex abuse, and attempted rape

Kelley passed the bar exam in 2014 and established a law office on Park Avenue

Kelley passed the bar exam in 2014 and established a law office on Park Avenue

Police also collected a DNA sample from Kelley, though Carrion said he does not know how that happened.

Kelley’s bail was set at $200,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 10.

Investigators say Kelley first struck on December 16, 2014, when he followed a 19-year-old woman into the elevator of her building on Roosevelt Drive in the East Village.

Kelley allegedly groped and tried to kiss the woman before she fought back. Kelley then ran off.

The next day, Kelley is alleged to have groped a 20-year-old woman inside a Harlem apartment building.

He jumped the woman from behind and covered her mouth as he fondled her, police allege.

A month later, Kelley allegedly pulled down the pants of a 31-year-old woman during an attack inside her building in the East Village.

When the woman started to scream for help, Kelley ran off, according to police.

Those who know Kelley said they were shocked by the allegations.

‘You’re blowing my mind,’ a Brooklyn neighbor told the Daily News. 

Kelley passed the bar exam in 2014 and established a law office on Park Avenue. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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