ITHACA, N.Y.—District Attorney Matthew Van Houten announced Jan. 14, 2022, that 36-year-old Jovon L. Monk of Lansing was convicted by a jury Jan. 12 of two Class B felonies, first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act, and first-degree sexual abuse, which is a Class D felony.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at approximately midnight on April 28, 2020, when the defendant “engaged in sexual intercourse with a person by forcible compulsion,” as accused by Van Houten Sept. 3, 2020.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 15 before Judge Scott A. Miller. Further details of the crime were not provided.

Monk may be familiar to readers as part of an investigation into misconduct by Ithaca Police Department officer Kevin Slattery. Slattery was caught on body camera bragging to a fellow officer about beating up Monk during a previous encounter in 2014, though after an investigation the City of Ithaca determined that Slattery had not actually engaged in the police brutality discussed on the tape.

Despite the city’s findings, Slattery was still eventually punished for his actions.

Zoë Freer-Hessler is the digital editor/reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Joining in November 2021, she has covered a wide range of topics related to local news. She can be reached at,...