Jelani Maraj Allegedly Threatened 12-Year-Old Victim
As Jelani Maraj heads to trial on multiple charges of felony sexual assault against a child, more disturbing details are coming to light.
Prosecutors say in addition to repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl, Jelani also used threats of violence and sodomy against her if she didn’t comply with his demands.
“He would make several threats to her,” Slane said in court Thursday. “If she resisted in any way, he would threaten to engage in anal intercourse with her, which she said would hurt her.”
Slane made the bombshell accusations against Maraj during a hearing in the sex crimes division of Nassau County Supreme Court and said she planned to use the girl’s contentions in Maraj’s upcoming trial.
Slane said she’d introduce evidence at trial that Maraj also used to hit the alleged victim to the point that she would start crying, and when the girl’s younger sibling walked in on Maraj allegedly abusing the girl, he warned the youngster not to tell anyone before slapping the kid in the face.
“After telling the child not to talk about what happened, he struck (the sibling) in the face,” Slane said. “These children were in fear of him.”
But Maraj’s lawyer, David Schwartz, argued not to introduce the allegations of physical violence, citing case law, and showed the judge pictures and video of the alleged victim seemingly happy with Maraj.
“This is not a character assassination against Mr. Maraj,” Schwartz said.
Last July, Jelani Maraj’s DNA matched semen found on the accuser’s clothing.
He rejected a plea that would have given him a 15-year sentence.