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The slimeball who raped and robbed a woman in a shady Sunset Park hotel while impersonating a police officer is going to prison for three decades, prosecutors announced on Sept. 12.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino sentenced 39-year-old Ditmas Parker Jason Forgetta to 28 years to life behind bars for violently attacking a prostitute in 2014. The penalty is a tremendous victory for women, according to District Attorney Ken Thompson.

“This serial sex offender is a clear and present danger to all women and must not be allowed to be out on our streets,” the borough’s top legal eagle said. “Today’s just and lengthy prison sentence ensures that he will never be able to harm anyone else.”

Forgetta flashed a police badge at a sex worker outside the Sunny 39 Hotel in Sunset Park at about 2 am on July 30th, 2014, according to the district attorney. The 26-year-old woman agreed to accompany him to a room in the hotel, but once they were inside, the dirt bag pretended to arrest the woman, shoved her against the wall, put a pillow over her head, and repeatedly raped her — then stole her phone, wallet, and underwear and fled, a jury found.

A jury convicted Forgetta on three counts of predatory sexual assault, strangulation as a sexually motivated felony, robbery, and criminal impersonation. Sciarrino sentenced the perv to 25 years to life in prison for the sexual assault and up to seven years for the robbery.

Forgetta served a year and three months for rape in 2002, nabbing him a Level 3 sex offender status — the highest in the state, prosecutors said.

Cops raided the Sunny 39 Hotel last October for allegedly operating as a brothel. Staff at the 39th Street hotel near Fifth Avenue connected johns with pimps and prostitutes, Thompson said. The owners are facing charges of promoting prostitution and falsifying business records, officials said.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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