Cops Accused of Raping Woman Still On NYPD Payroll
One of the NYPD cops charged with raping a woman they had been called to help into her apartment made what amounts to a confession. The victim returned to the police department a few days after the incident and taped a conversation she had with officer Kenneth Moreno, who told her, ""It wasn't done intentionally. I didn't mean to hurt you. I just got caught up. I'm sorry."
Also disturbing: both of the men, who by the way are going on trial next week, are still getting paid by the NYPD.
To recap: in 2009, the two cops, Kenneth Moreno, 43, and partner Franklin Mata, 28, were called by a cab driver who was having trouble getting a very drunk woman out of his cab and into her East Village apartment. They took her upstairs and then returned to the apartment twice over the course of the night. The second time, one of the officers allegedly called 911 from a pay phone and falsely reported a homeless man loitering near the apartment building so that they would be dispatched there again. Prosecutors say that Moreno raped the victim while Mata sat on a couch in the living room.
The victim returned to the precinct a few days later, wearing a wire. According to a prosecutor the Post talked to, here's some of what was said:
Woman: "You were having sex with me. I was violated."
Moreno: "No you weren't -- nothing happened."
Woman: "You're lying."
Moreno: "OK. It turned from us trying to help you to getting really crazy."
Moreno: "If you stop drinking, I'll be your boyfriend. I'm not a bad man. I'm a good friend to have."
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Awful stuff. To add insult to injury, both of these guys have reportedly been getting full salaries from the NYPD in the two years since the incident.
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