A 48-year-old man who served nearly 20 years in prison for a 1993 Long Island sex attack has been charged in the rape of a 23-year-old woman whom he allegedly grabbed inside a barroom bathroom on East 27th Street.
Rodney Stover was released from prison in January and living in a New York City homeless shelter blocks from the scene of the crime inside the upscale Turnmill Bar.
He was charged with rape, predatory sex attack, criminal sex act and assault.
Stover was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison in 1993 after being convicted of breaking into a home the year before and sexually assaulting a woman in Suffolk County, according to state records. He was convicted of rape, sodomy, aggravated sexual abuse, burglary and assault.
Stover was released from prison in 2012, but picked up soon afterward on a Pennsylvania charge and released again this past January, police sources said.
“The suspect grabbed the victim by the throat and raped her inside of a bathroom stall,” a police account from the 13th Precinct reports.
The victim was taken to a medical facility for treatment after Saturday night’s rape in the Turnmill, which is just off Park Avenue South.