Two New York City police officers have been acquitted of rape, but convicted of official misconduct.
Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were called to help the drunken woman get home from a taxi in December 2008. She’d been out celebrating a job promotion. Video shows the officers returning to her building three times within four hours after ushering her inside.
I think it’s mighty odd that NYPD officers rarely get charged for crimes they are accused of committing. I won’t even start to explain my disgust. If you’ve been living under a rock and unaware of this case, check out a synopsis of what happened below.
Fox – Surveillance video shows the officers went back to her building three times within four hours after initially ushering her inside, and they told dispatchers each time they returned that they were either on a meal break or responding to other calls. Defense lawyers have said the woman asked them to check on her during the night.
The officers didn’t tell dispatchers where they were as they repeatedly returned to her apartment.
Moreno, a police officer for 17 years, admitted he invented an excuse for one of the visits by calling 911 with a phony report of a homeless man sleeping in a nearby building’s lobby.
Moreno was accused of raping the now 29-year-old woman while she was physically helpless after passing out. She testified she awoke to being raped but couldn’t move. Prosecutors say Mata stood watch.
“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe what had happened,” the woman testified.
Under cross-examination, Moreno’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, asked her questions that underscored her heavy drinking and spotty memory on the night. Her blood alcohol content was about three times the legal limit for driving.
Moreno says the woman made sexual advances, and they cuddled in her bed but didn’t have sex.
Mata says he was asleep on the couch while the pair were in the bedroom.