Conewango Man Charged With Rape After Assault

Dennis L. Park Jr.

MAYVILLE — A Chautauqua County grand jury has indicted a Conewango man on a charge of first-degree rape following a July 17 sexual assault of a woman at a Jamestown laundromat.

Dennis L. Park Jr., 33, has been in Chautauqua County Jail following the assault at 111 Marion St. He was arraigned in Chautauqua County Court earlier this week in front of Judge David Foley where bail was set at $1 million cash, $2 million property bond.

The former Jamestown resident is also facing charges of two counts of first-degree criminal sex act. The three-count indictment includes the more serious rape charge than originally leveled against Park.

“Sometimes evidence or circumstances present themselves after a matter is initially charged,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said of the new charge. “We present the additional information to the grand jury and sometimes they result in more serious charges than the initial arrest.”

A conviction of first-degree rape carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

According to the Jamestown Police Department, Park allegedly assaulted the woman at knife-point around 11:15 a.m. while inside the laundromat. Once on scene, officers found Park, who matched the description of the suspect.

The woman later identified Park as the man who assaulted her.

Lt. Gregory Wozneak of the Jamestown Police Department said it appears the victim was picked at random.

Park was convicted on a charge of first-degree rape of a 5-year-old girl in an incident that took place Sept. 26, 2002. The former Jamestown man was 17 years old at the time when police alleged he had sexual intercourse with the girl at a home on Second Street. He pleaded guilty in January 2003 to the rape charge and was sentenced a month later to seven years in prison.

Park was required to register as a Level 3 sex offender following his conviction.