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Timothy Bleakley, who was convicted of rape in 1985, lives in Cortlandt and works in Briarcliff.
Timothy Bleakley, who was convicted of rape in 1985, lives in Cortlandt and works in Briarcliff. Photo Credit: New York Division of Criminal Justice

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Timothy Bleakley, a registered sexual offender who was charged with rape in 1985, currently lives in Cortlandt and works in Briarcliff, according to information provided by the the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Bleakley, 53, whose workplace is listed as 1360 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff, was sentenced in Nov. 1985 to seven to 21 years in prison for the forcible rape of a local woman.

Bleakley currently lives at 21 Dutch St., Montrose.

An employee at his listed workplace address, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 137,  said the business was a hiring hall and that workers needed to be contacted at home.

Considered a Level 2 offender, Bleakley was sentenced for the rape along with another man following a night of drinking at local bar in March 1985.

According to court records, the woman testified she was drinking with her girlfriend at a local bar known as the "824" around 3 a.m.

While she was there, she met a friend named Russell who asked if she was interested in "doing some coke." The woman said she was, and about an hour later, Russell told her, he had found some coke and to come outside.

The woman accompanied him to the parking lot where she was introduced to two other men, including Bleakley.

The group got into Bleakley's car and drove to Sixth Street near the river, where they snorted the cocaine Bleakley provided and drove back to the nightclub.

Both the woman and Russell testified at trial that when they returned to the 824, Russell began to exit the car first. When the woman started to get out of the car, Bleakley grabbed her hair and pulled her back inside. He then sped out of the parking lot causing Russell, who was still partially in the car, to fall to the ground.

When the car stopped in a wooded area, Bleakley threatened the woman as the two men tore her clothes off. The woman tried to get out of the car but Bleakley grabbed her and forced her to perform sodomy. The other man climbed into the back seat of the car as Bleakley pushed the woman down on the front seat and raped her. During the rape the woman's head struck the passenger door several times.

A few minutes later, Bleakley got out of the car as the other man climbed into the front seat and raped the woman. Bleakley, who was outside the car, pulled the woman out of the car onto the ground. The two men raped her again. After the attack, the woman was told to get dressed and get in the car.

The woman begged the defendants to take her back to her car which was parked at the bar.

At trial, the woman testified that she got in the car and, while en route to the bar, Bleakley dropped the other man off at his house. When they arrived at the parking lot, Bleakley told the woman "If you go to the cops you're dead," and then kicked her out of the car.

Instead of reporting the crime, the woman went home, showered and went to work. But at work she felt sick and was bleeding. She called her girlfriend and boyfriend and they picked her up and took her to the emergency room where she was examined by doctors and interviewed by police.

During the police interview, the victim explained that she had not gone to the police because she was scared.

Bleakley was arrested on April 1, 1985, a search of his car turned up hair similar to the victim's in the front seat.

Both Bleakley and the other man were convicted of rape, sexual abuse and sodomy.

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