By Maria Rocha-Buschel
This Friday, police arrested a man with multiple previous convictions for sex crimes in connection with a subway groping that took place on the L train near First Avenue earlier this week. The suspect was identified as 67-year-old Gian Verdelli, who the Daily News reported was just released from prison in May after he was convicted of another incident of sex abuse on the subway.
The 37-year-old victim was on an Eighth Avenue-bound L train traveling from Bedford to First Avenue on Wednesday, June 26 around 8:50 a.m. when Verdelli allegedly put his hand under her dress and groped her. She and Verdelli both got off the train at First Avenue, where the victim took a photo of Verdelli with her phone before he fled the station.
Verdelli is a level 2 sex offender and lives in a shelter on Wards Island, according to the New York State sex offender registry, and he was arrested there on Friday.
Verdelli was sentenced to two years in state prison for the latest conviction, which the registry described as persistent sexual abuse, which means that he had two or more prior convictions in the last 10 years. Police said that he has been arrested more than 30 times for various crimes.
The incident that lead to his most recent conviction was in 2017 when he groped a 42-year-old woman inside the Broadway-Lafayette station. He was sentenced in May 2018 and only served about a year of that sentence. He was also arrested in New Jersey for groping the same woman twice on a PATH train in 2012.
Verdelli was charged with persistent sexual abuse, forcible touching and sexual abuse.