Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez

Brooklyn DA's Office

Brooklyn man allegedly drugged, raped women during ‘religious ceremony’

October 10, 2018 - 3:23 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 'spiritual leader' from Brooklyn is accused of drugging and raping two women during so-called reigious ceremonies.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says 51-year-old Nigel Kennedy is a 'sexual predator.'

"(Kennedy) used his religious stature to lure women, then drugged and raped them," Gonzalez said.

Kennedy was charged on a 13 count indictment including first and third degree rape, first and second degree sexual abuse, and other charges.

The suspect allegedly met his victims at a religious goods store that he used to own, and attacked them on separate occasions in 2016 and 2018.

On August 30, 2016, authorities say Kennedy took a 42-year-old woman to an East Flatbush apartment under the auspices of a church ceremony.

"The defendant allegedly started chanting and poured a clear liquid that tasted like alcohol into the victim's mouth. The victim lost consciousness and, when she came to, felt a person on top of her but was unable to move. She lost consciousness again and woke up at 5 a.m. the next day, naked on a bed, the evidence shows. The defendant allegedly told her he didn't know how she got naked and the victim left, suffering from nausea, vomiting and dizziness throughout the day," the criminal complaint says.

Another woman reported a similar attack on May 16, of this year.

"The defendant allegedly blew smoke in her face and poured a substance that tasted like alcohol into her mouth. The victim threw up and became dizzy as the defendant poured more liquid into her mouth, according to the evidence. She eventually lost consciousness and, when she woke up, her pants were off and the defendant was having intercourse with her. She tried to push him off but could not. The victim told him to stop but the defendant allegedly refused, telling her, 'Relax, it's part of the ritual.' When he got off of her, the victim left," authorities say.

Rape kits turned up DNA from the same male, and the second victim, a 28-year-old woman, identified Kennedy as her attacker. He was arrested last month after landing at JFK Airport on a flight from Trinidad. Authorities say Kennedy's DNA matched the samples taken from the women.