A Mount Vernon sex offender was sentenced to 15 years in state prison on Tuesday for burglary, stalking, and forcible touching of a Westchester woman, said Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.
James Brower, 35, who was convicted by a jury on June 1, was also sentenced to 15 years post release supervision and must register as a sex offender once he is released from prison.
Brower was convicted for an event that took place on Oct. 12, 2016, in which he accosted a female victim about 3 p.m. in Mount Vernon, who was walking to a nearby deli. He made sexually charged statements, frightening the woman that he would subject her to unwanted contact, the DA's Office said.
When the victim attempted to ignore Brower and continue on her way, he followed her repeated his sexual advance and forcibly slapped her buttocks. Fearful that defendant would follow through on his continued threats of sexual advances, the victim fled to the safety of her home where she reported the assault to her husband, Scarpino said.
Brower followed the woman into her home and into her bedroom where he ran into the victim's husband. Brower fled the scene with the husband in pursuit, who also called 911. He was apprehended shortly after by the Mount Vernon Police Department, who responded quickly and efficiently to the homeowners call for aid, the DA's office said.
Following his sentencing, Brower was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lopez of the Superior Court Trial Division.
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