ALDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) - An Alden man has been convicted of breaking into a woman's home in December 2011 and raping her.
Sam Muscarella was found guilty of two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of first degree burglary Thursday. Muscarella attacked the 22-year-old woman in the early morning hours at her home on Broadway in Alden. Authorities say the 25-year-old entered the home through an unlocked door and assaulted the victim while she showered.
During the investigation, Muscarella denied attacking the victim and voluntarily submitted a DNA sample. Muscarella was arrested when the DNA test came back positive.
Erie County Sheriff's Sr. Det. James Hatch said, "We haven't had a case like this in Alden in my memory. This is a very serious case. Fortunately, in our jurisdictions, it's fairly rare. We take it very seriously and we conducted a very intensive investigation which had the results of Mr. Muscarella being taken into custody."
Muscarella was previously convicted of six counts of aggravated harassment and sentenced to two years in the county jail last month for making over 1,000 anonymous sexually harassing phone calls to several women. Prosecutors say the calls were made in the weeks prior to Muscarella raping the Alden woman.
When he is sentenced in October, Muscarella faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison.
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