Hastings Police Arrest Accused Rapist

Efrain Rosa, 24, of Yonkers is accused of sexually assaulting a Hastings-on-Hudson teen at Hastings' Waterfront Park on April 18.

Hastings-on-Hudson Police arrested a 24-year-old Yonkers man Thursday after a two-week long sexual assault investigation of a Hastings-on-Hudson teen.

Efrain Rosa—a former resident of the Children’s Village school and home for at risk youth who was employed at toy and clothing store Chelsea’s Dry Good at the time of the crime—is accused of forcing the girl into a portable toilet at MacEchron Waterfront Park around 12:10 p.m. and raping her. He then allegedly stole the victim’s cell phone and fled along the Metro North train tracks. 

The teen then reported to staff at Harvest on Hudson restaurant that she was raped in the park, and the police were called.

Rosa was charged with one count of a criminal sexual act in first degree, a class B felony, was arraigned before Village Justice Joseph DiSavlo who set bail at $25,000 and was taken to Westchester County Jail. 

Police said Rosa could possibly face numerous other charges.

The Westchester County Intelligence Unit and Westchester County District Attorney’s office assisted Hastings-on-Hudson Police with their investigation.

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Gina May 02, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Good. We need to get the creeps off the streets. Great job to Hastings Police Dept!
A Concerned Citizen May 02, 2013 at 07:28 PM
The perp is "a former Children’s Village resident." What a shock!
Karen Chapman May 02, 2013 at 07:58 PM
But he worked at Chelsea's Closet? I realize he may not have committed a crime at that point, but that doesn't seem like a good fit. Creep, selling clothes and accessories to girls and young ladies?
Marko Maglich May 02, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Yes, there is recidivism out there.
Linda Wentzek May 02, 2013 at 08:04 PM
It doesn't mention whether Rosa had a weapon in which he forced the victim into the portable toilet. If in the case he did not have a weapon, why didn't she scream and draw attention to the incident? Broad daylight, I would hope someone would've gone to her aid. I know I would have.
Dina Sciortino May 02, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Police didn't say whether she had a weapon or whether this poor victim cried out for help. I will follow up and ask. Whether he had a weapon or whether she screamed or not, in my opinion, is irrelevant to the fact that the crime occurred and she is not to blame nor are any victims of sexual assault regardless of the circumstance, in my humble opinion.
Dina Sciortino May 02, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I hope she, her family and friends and the community at large can heal from this incident soon. It's just absolutely horrible.
Michael S Rossano May 02, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Just a reminder that the kids of Children's Village need more concerned and active counselors, teachers, and mentors. We must "LEAD BY EXAMPLE" people. KUDOS and GOD BLESS The Hastings Police for keeping our neighborhoods safe.
Rick logg May 02, 2013 at 10:19 PM
It's great to see the police bringing this piece of garbage to justice!
Dina Sciortino May 03, 2013 at 12:53 AM
I agree with Michael Rossano. These are troubled kids, some who've had difficult lives and/or were raised in abusive and unhealthy situations. They need special care and extra guidance.
SeaCaptain May 03, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Mike you should look into that and maybe volunteer.
Michael S Rossano May 03, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Thank You Dina
Jeanne Newman May 03, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Rape: there is no excuse for it. Ever.
Anonymous May 03, 2013 at 03:41 AM
"Special care and extra guidance" meaning that its okay for CV kids to act out and do horrible things? That we should be all nice and caring to them? No. Amen to Hastings PD! Raping is not okay and CV's troubled teens should not be felt sorry for in this case. Again- CV needs to be torn down and the kids need to be placed elsewhere, not in Hastings.
Dina Sciortino May 03, 2013 at 01:36 PM
No. Meaning that if they did get the special care and guidance they need, then maybe they would act out and do horrible things. I also never said I was sorry for this former CV student, but I did mean exactly what I said. Regardless of where the school is, they should get the services they need to heal.
Gina May 03, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I beg to differ...I've had a difficult life and I was abused verbally, mentally and physically but you don't see me running around doing stupid things like that! I've never bullied anyone because I didn't like it being done to me. There is NO EXCUSE for this vermin to do what he did. So please stop defending this CREEP!
Larry Talbot May 03, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Typical liberal thinking! Lets blame society for people committing violent crimes, Nonsense! A rapist is a rapist and a murderer is a murderer! Violent criminals cannot be rehabilitated. It's time to go back to the way things use to be when a correction facility was called a prison! And asking did she scream and was their a weapon involved, seriously?? It's easy to say "what I would of done" but unless you've been in that situation you don't know how you would react! And only $25,000 bail? How about $250,000! Oh thats right our Judge is also a liberal! Great job by the Hastings on Hudson Police Department! I hope this violent sex offender rots in prison and gets a taste of his own medicine!!
Dina Sciortino May 03, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I'm not defending him. I'm not speaking about this individual at all. I'm saying the children who attend Children's Village should and deserve special services and proper mentorship to help minimize the chance that they will commit crime.
Michael S Rossano May 03, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Let's not misconstrue what is being said. At no time DO I EVER Condone what this creep did.He is caught and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent-Agreed!! My point was Simply that as Parents, Teachers, Mentors we need to be on these kids and give them the PROPER EDUCATION, GUIDANCE, WHATEVER, that THEY are CLEARLY not getting now. Maybe it's time to clean House over at Children's Village and get some New Blood in there to tackle the Problems all these kids go there already with. It just bothers me that OUR hard earned Tax Dollars help Fund places like Children's Village only for something like this to happen to a poor innocent whose life is forever shattered. He DID not get the so-called Prescription needed to rise above his circumstances that brought him there in the first place. And just like schools have been more than guilty of when Teachers have had ENOUGH !!, That someone is passed along through the cracks only to learn or gain NOTHING!!. WE AS A COMMUNITY have to stop WATCHING TV-TEXTING EVERYWHERE WE GO CONSTANTLY DISCONNECTING FROM EACH OTHER!! We as parents always want to watch our children to keep them safe but sometimes forget that kids are ALWAYS WATCHING US-AND LEARNING-(GOOD OR BAD)-FROM MOMMY DADDY AUNTIE UNCLES COUSINS SIBLINGS FRIENDS etc.... We can and SHOULD Always strive to be better whether parents teachers and just UPSTANDING CITIZENS OF YOUR COMMUNITY!!
Anonymous May 03, 2013 at 07:43 PM
He should "heal" in prison for life. What kind of people are in CV? Nice, good people?? No- people who do bad and horrible things to innocent people and get a very low bail amount. It really should be more than $25,000. Lock him up and throw away the key!!!
Marge May 03, 2013 at 10:16 PM
the guy is 24 years old. how many years ago was he a resident of CV??? two hours after the attack rumors were a saint christopher resident did it. see where i'm going here??? why the hell was cv even mentioned??? lot of racist people in the river towns.
Steve Douglas May 04, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Bail is meant to secure the attendance of the defendant, it is not meant to be punitive. If the defendant has little or no money, $25,000 might as well be a million. The judge in Hastings, in my opinion, is excellent. Tough but fair. Let us remember that the accused is presumed innocent at this time, and the calls for punishment are premature.
hastingsresidentvolunteer May 04, 2013 at 07:12 AM
Most of these comments are stereotypical and disgusting. Anyone that resides in Hastings could tell you that Efrain has worked for Chelsea's for a few years as a representative running small errands and did not work behind the counter. Seeing Efrian in town was almost predictable on a daily basis and comes across as a reserved but reliable individual. My impression was, his job was the glue holding his entire life together. (A feeling EVERYONE reading this should know all too well!) We have never spoken with one another nor have I ever felt threatened by Efrain. The teen victims identity will not be released for her protection since she is a minor. So, no one here can say they could vouch for her and say she is either an upstanding or troubled teenager. No living soul should ever experience being violently forced against their will but evidence must be found to prove he did it before you judge him or where he came from with "holier than thou" accusations. Children's Village has had many incidents at their facility but should not be blamed for this kind of behavior and is not responsible for ones actions once they've left their program. This is a horrible crime and justice should be found in a court of law, not on the RT PATCH comment boxes by faceless and NAMELESS jurors! Shame on you!!!
Gina May 08, 2013 at 03:11 PM
When I told my daughter that the "accused rapist" worked in Chelsea's, she knew exactly who it was because she mentioned he looked at all the girls as they walked by and they ALL thought he was very creepy.
Annie Oakley May 08, 2013 at 03:51 PM
NO thanks to the Hastings police and the mayor! where the he** were they when the girl was being raped? where were they a couple weeks ago when an 8th grade girl was almost abducted by two men in a van on her way to school? yeah, they swept that one under the rug too. Where are they on Friday night when young teens go downtown after school and into the evening hours? there are strange men sitting at the bus stop leering at young girls and people speeding dangerously through town yet I NEVER see a single Hastings cop on foot patrol, unless it's to go into the deli to stuff their face. Face it, it's not the safe haven that people make it out to be. Everyone here pays thousands of dollars in taxes yet the cops that our taxes pay for, only act when they are forced to.
Karen Chapman May 09, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I just want to say that whether or not this guy had a weapon is ridiculous. That area is very isolated a good deal of the time - it doesn't take a weapon to physically force yourself on a young girl. Also, as the mother of a child with some special needs (her brain works differently) I can say that some children are affected differently than others by abuse and a dysfunctional childhood. My daughter was adopted and she had been severely neglected as an infant and as a result, the executive functioning part of her brain is affected. Some kids get through the neglect and abuse and do fine with help; some don't. Parenting this child has opened my eyes. She's a good kid, but ostracized for being different. You don't have to be a bleeding heart liberal to understand this; however, a horrific crime is still a horrific crime and there is no other place for this guy than the justice system.
Cv Wants For Nothing May 09, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I'm so tired of hearing what CV kids need, are you kidding me? I don't think CV or Graham school kids need anything. They have everything they need as is, feeding off Hastings. Obviously they have the freedom to commit crimes in a village that remains in complete denial. Hastings' Mayor Swiderski and his board, a collection of the most, entitled, in denial folks you are apt to meet anywhere, are talking about less cops, not more. When you are talking about the wrong guy at the wrong time, you are talking about Hastings Mayor Swiderski. Good luck Hastings, you need it.
sarah f May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM
whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty
Rick logg July 12, 2013 at 01:26 AM
HIT THE BRICKS! Innocent until provent guilty? He did it? Anyone that can independently think can see this "gentleman" did it! You need a conviction in a court to say 'hey I guess he is guilty' well then never think anyone was ever wrongly convicted, at least you'd be consistent Sarah f !


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