Man convicted of rape, locks woman in apartment

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — A Buffalo man has been convicted of raping and incarcerating a woman he was dating.

Bryam Bassett, 31, was found guilty of two counts of rape, as well as unlawful first and second-degree imprisonment. The verdict came after a 6.5-day trial.

Bassett raped and assaulted the woman in 2019, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. In April of that year, he would hold her in an apartment against her will by tying her to a chair and leaving her alone in a closet. She suffered a black eye and bruises on her face and body, prosecutors say.

The following month, the victim’s employer asked the police to conduct a health check on her after she failed to show up for work for two days.

In the Riverside apartment, the injured victim was found in a bedroom and taken to ECMC. Prosecutors said she suffered several serious injuries, including a fractured vertebra. Over the course of three days, the victim was assaulted and raped, according to the Public Prosecution Service.

During this time, Bassett is said to have picked up the woman’s phone to avoid calling for help.

“This is one of the most horrific cases of intimate partner violence to be prosecuted by my office,” District Attorney John Flynn said. “This defendant was found guilty of his crimes related to physical incarceration and sexual assault. I hope this conviction brings justice to the victim and allows her to continue to heal from the violence she endured.”

Bassett, a previous criminal, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on June 14. He is currently being held without bail.

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been on the News 4 team since 2015. View more of his work here and follow him on Twitter

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