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Bronx counselor sentenced for raping a non-verbal, handicapped woman

Thomas Lang, 62, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape in March and was sentenced on Wednesday.
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Thomas Lang will have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison. Photo: Google Commons

Unable to cry for help, a severely disabled woman in a Bronx residence for the mentally handicapped, was raped by a counselor. On Wednesday, the counselor was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the “horrendous and cruel” act.

Bridgeport, Connecticut resident Thomas Lang raped a 33-year-old woman, a resident at Abbott House, where Lang worked as a counselor. DNA testing proved sexual intercourse, according to the investigation.

“This defendant’s crime was horrendous and cruel,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said. “He raped a non-verbal, severely mentally disabled woman for whom he was supposed to be caring. For this heartless act on such a helpless person, he will spend 12 years in prison, have 20 years post-release supervision and register as a sexual offender.”

Lang, 62, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape in March, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

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Lang waived his right to appeal.

 
 
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