A married businessman who is into sexual sadism has been convicted of sexually assaulting, choking and beating a date he met on a sugar daddy website.
Sanjay Tripathy, 48, was found guilty Wednesday of criminal sex act, sex abuse, assault, strangulation and unlawful imprisonment in connection to the June 15, 2016, attack at the W Hotel in Times Square.
He faces up to 25 years in prison the top count alone when he’s sentenced July 18.
Tripathy was ordered held without bail by Justice Erika Edwards after his conviction in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The North Carolina businessman has been unemployed since his arrest. He met the 38-year-old victim on SeekingArrangement.com, where he advertised himself as a catch with $10 million in the bank.
The site typically matches well-off older men with attractive younger women.
The victim gave tearful testimony at trial in which she described a terrifying encounter with the former IT executive. He had asked her to his room with the promise of a “gift” after they had drinks at the hotel bar.
Tripathy’s story was that they had consensual rough sex that she accepted payment for.
But jurors saw photos of her badly swollen and bruised face and neck. She had two black eyes, including one that was entirely bloodshot, and clumps of blood in her long, blond hair.
Her face was so puffy she was barely recognizable as the woman who the jury saw testify.
“I had to go to the restroom and I didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror,” she testified.
After the attack, during which she said she was choked to the point she thought she would die, she went across the street to a parked NYPD van and reported that Tripathy had tried to kill her.
The woman was present in the courtroom when the verdict was read. She cried and let out a gasp when the jury declared Tripathy guilty.
Tripathy’s lawyer Franklin Rothman said after the verdict that the “photos that graphically depicted the extent of the beating were too much to overcome.
“I think they told a story, but only a partial story, of what really happened inside of that hotel room. And so while I certainly understand the jury verdict, I disagree with it wholeheartedly and I think they got this one wrong,” he added.
Tripathy will appeal “and the fight will go on,” Rothman said.