Alleged rapist accepts plea bargain

Alleged rapist Rodney Syndor pled guilty to one count of sexual misconduct and received three years probation in connection with the incident, according to the office of the Queens District Attorney.

 The 21-year-old Bronx man, who was charged with third-degree rape of a St. John’s University freshman, agreed to take the deal approximately two and a half months after his arraignment.

The charge of sexual misconduct is a Class A misdemeanor, while the original charge of third-degree rape is a felony. Misdemeanors can only be punished by fine or up to a year in a local jail whereas felonies are punishable by longer prison sentences, usually in state or federal penitentiary, or death.

Syndor appeared in Queens County Criminal Court before Judge Pauline Mullings on Dec 19. It was his fourth appearance since his arrest on Sept. 30.

Syndor was represented by attorney Christopher Renfroe. He replaced Glenda Callendar of Queens who originally represented the defendant.

At Syndor’s Nov. 17 appearance, Renfroe told Judge Mullings that a deal had been offered to his client by the District Attorney’s office; however, Renfroe requested a continuance because he was unfamiliar with the case.

A temporary order of protection has been issued ordering Syndor to stay away from, and have no contact with, the victim.

Syndor has been free on $10,000 bail for the duration of the case.

He was arraigned on Oct. 1 in front of Judge Robert Raciti. Syndor was back in court Oct. 14, appearing once again before Judge Raciti. Both times, the case was adjourned.

Syndor was accused of raping a St. John’s student early Sept. 29 while she slept. He allegedly gained entry to the young woman’s room in DaSilva Hall when he arrived with three other men, one of whom had been invited by the victim.

The young woman had fallen asleep and awoke to find the assailant on top of her, allegedly forcing her into a sexual act.

The victim was later taken to a local hospital where she was treated and subsequently released.

Syndor is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 6 for sentencing.