Man guilty of raping 1 woman, harassing 3 in NYC

November 7, 2011 - 5:25 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — An Ivory Coast native accused of pretending to be a French-language TV journalist has been convicted of raping one woman and harassing three others in New York. He has been acquitted of sexually attacking a fifth woman.

Jurors delivered their verdict Monday in Hugues-Denver Akassy's (hyoog dahn-VEHR' ah-KAS'-seez) trial.

Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Akassy charmed the women with a debonair, phony persona, then became a sexually aggressive stalker. They say he was homeless but held himself out as an accomplished journalist on a website rife with plagiarized praise.

Akassy said the sexual encounters were consensual and the other accusations resulted from misunderstandings. He said he didn't write the now-gone website.