(New Castle, DE 19720) Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police have charged 40-year-old Asadullah Pardes with multiple counts of rape. On October 5, 2023, patrol officers originally received a harassment report involving several victims. The victims in the case were identified as refugees who were part of a non-profit resettlement organization.
The suspect was identified as 40-year-old Asadullah Pardes of Claymont, Delaware. The investigation revealed that Asadullah worked for a non-profit resettlement service and was assigned multiple clients. It was reported that he was asking female clients on dates, making inappropriate comments, sending messages at inappropriate times, and showing up to homes unannounced. If the victims refused to go on dates, he would refuse to hand over documents and permits that the victims needed. Asadullah further sexually assaulted multiple victims on multiple occasions.
Through the investigation, three separate victims were identified. Asadullah was taken into custody without incident on November 4, 2023. He was charged with three felony counts of rape in the first degree, seven felony counts of rape in the second degree, ten felony counts of sexual extortion, three misdemeanor counts of coercion, and two misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact in the third degree. He was arraigned by the New Castle County Court of Common Please and held in lieu of $275,000 cash bail.
The investigation is currently still active and ongoing. The Division of Police is concerned that there may be additional victims who have not come forward or may be fearful to come forward. Any individual wishing to provide information or report additional criminal activity is asked to please contact Detective Gino Cevallos at (302)395-8129 or by email at Gino.Cevallos@newcastlede.gov
The New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer support and resources through (302) 395-8000.
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