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RAPIST GETS 25-50 YEARS IN ATTACK ON SALESWOMAN

David A. Graczyk will serve 25 to 50 years in prison for the kidnapping and rape of an Arcade real estate saleswoman last June, court officials said.

The weeping Graczyk, 31, a former award-winning Town of Lancaster volunteer firefighter, was sentenced Friday to 57 to 112 years in prison term by State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti. State law limits non-murder convicts to no more than 50 years in prison, court officials said. Graczyk had pleaded guilty April 8 to rape and other charges in the case.

"I know what I did can't be taken away," Graczyk tearfully told the judge. "I just hope it doesn't happen to anyone else."

Graczyk, of 12480 Olin Road, Sardinia, sexually assaulted the real estate agent at knifepoint after luring her into a vacant home at 11250 Middle Road in Sardinia about 4 p.m. June 21. He then threw her in the trunk of her car and drove to Pennsylvania before she escaped.

Graczyk was sentenced to five consecutive prison terms totaling 57 to 112 years on rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, robbery, weapons and assault charges.

Graczyk's victim told the judge that the attack was "a nightmare" because she feared Graczyk was going to kill her.

The victim, who is receiving professional counseling because of the attack, called Graczyk a "violent, angry man" who convinced her "no one was ever going to find me."

"I never had a chance," the victim told the judge, adding that she "still can't let go" of her fears.

Julie Ann Dee, Graczyk's defense lawyer, acknowledged to the judge the "heinousness" of the attack.

She also noted that Graczyk has a history of mental problems and abuse by his father, "which he has now visited on other people."

Graczyk's decision to plead guilty as charged just as his trial was set to begin was "David's decision," Ms. Dee told the judge.

"He did this so as not to cause further pain," Ms. Dee told the judge.

Rossetti told Graczyk that he was imposing the long prison term because the attack "was planned" and carried out in a house in a "secluded area" of Sardinia. The judge said the attack left the woman victimized "physically and emotionally."

Rossetti said he has received numerous letters from female real estate agents urging a lengthy imprisonment, and in one case, "the electric chair."

The judge said he has found female real estate agents are now refusing to handle open-house situations by themselves.

Diane M. LaVallee, chief of the district attorney's sex crimes bureau, said the rape occurred in a vacant home 2 1/2 miles from Graczyk's own home.

Ms. LaVallee asked for the maximum prison term, telling the judge that Graczyk raped and sodomized the woman in an upstairs bedroom in the Middle Road home, beat her and pushed her down a flight of stairs and forced her to get in the truck of his car.

During a drive toward the Pennsylvania border, the victim managed to force the car trunk open, jumped from the moving car and escaped.

Ms. LaVallee told the judge that Graczyk stole the rape victim's money, wallet and credit cards.

At the time of the attack, Graczyk was on probation for attempted burglary that involved a break-in at a Lancaster home to which he had been making obscene telephone calls, Ms. LaVallee said.

Graczyk had been hired as a probationary state corrections officer in January 1990, but was fired from that state prison job in September 1990 following his indictment in the Lancaster incident, Miss LaVallee said.

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