NEW YORK CITY, NY - Bronx Criminal Court Judge Jeanine Johnson has released Jesus Ayala, an accused rapist. She did so, without requiring that the suspect post any bail.
Of course, this is a direct result of New York state's new 'bail-reform' law, which allows even violent defendants facing lengthy prison sentences, to go free while awaiting trial, without posting a dime's worth of bail money.
On July 3, a 54-year-old woman was dragged by her hair, beaten and raped in her East Bronx apartment, according to a police report.
A neighbor told police she heard the woman screaming "No, no! Please stop!" Then Ayala was seen running from the victim's apartment, pulling "up his pants," according to court documents.
Ayala works at a nearby deli, known as Lenny's Bagels, where he was taken into custody.
The illegal alien was charged with eight counts of felony rape, criminal sexual acts and several other crimes, as a result of the attack.
On July 14, Ayala appeared at his arraignment, where prosecutors asked for a mere $20,000 bail. However, despite the serious nature of his charges and the fact that he is in the country illegally, making him a tremendous flight risk, Judge Johnson released the Mexican national on his own recognizance.
The New York Post reported:
“Her knees just went weak and she went to the floor,” said the victim’s daughter, Katherine, of her mom’s reaction to learning her alleged rapist would be back on the street. “If you have someone who is a flight risk, how can you just let them walk?”
“This is an issue of public safety and to have a female judge sit there and say this doesn’t matter, I don’t understand,” Katherine said.
If convicted, Ayala faces up to 25 years in prison.
Of course, New York is a 'sanctuary city' and as such, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was not notified before Ayala's release.