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(10:25 AM) Guilty Pleas Entered Before Retrial In 2018 Rape Case

Dennis L. Park is pictured Tuesday morning in Chautauqua County Court. Park pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

MAYVILLE — A Conewango man pleaded guilty in Chautauqua County Court this morning to charges of first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act for incidents that took place in July 2018.

The announcement was made shortly before a retrial for Dennis L. Park, 34, was set to begin.

With the guilty pleas, Park will serve a sentence of 18 years in state prison plus 25 years of post-release supervision.

Park was accused of raping a woman at a Jamestown laundromat on July 17, 2018. A week earlier, another woman alleged that Park forced her to provide sexual acts behind a city factory near Chandler Street in exchange for safety. Both women stated that Park used a knife to threaten them.

Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley ruled a mistrial in August after he said testimony given by a DNA forensic analyst with the New York State Police was hearsay.

Park has been represented by the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office.

This story will be updated.