Woman Testifies Against Officer Accused Of Raping Her While Off-Duty; Dharun Ravi Found Guilty; St. Patty’s Day Hits New York


The woman who was allegedly raped by Michael Pena, who was an NYPD officer off-duty, in August testified against him yesterday. The 25-year-old teacher explained that Pena asked how to get to the 1 train. After she did so, he still showed her he gun, brought her to an alleyway, forced her to perform oral sex at gunpoint, and raped and sodomized her. Pena’s lawyer has said that while his client did assault the woman there was no sexual penetration based on DNA evidence. [NY1, NYT]

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student on trial on the accusation of spying his roommate Tyler Clementi having sex with another man with a webcam, was found guilty on all 15 charges, including the hate crime of bias intimidation. He could face deportation. The defense plans to appeal. [NYT, NBC New York]

In much lighter news, don’t forget to wear green today. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. at 44th Street and travels along Fifth Avenue to 86th Street. Google’s already in the spirit with a Doodle inspired by the Book of Kells. [AP via WSJ, WaPo]

The office of David Jaroslawicz, a lawyer with connections to alleged madam Anna Gristina, was raided Friday, as three others were arrested in the case the same day. [NYDN, NYP]

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been identified as the accused in the killing of 16 Afghan civilians. Federal officials have told the NYPD to be on alert for possible attacks in retaliation. [CNN, NBC New York]

The wife of Jason Russell — the Invisible Children founder responsible for the KONY 2012 video detained Thursday on reports of “bizarre behavior” and public masturbation — said he “did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration.” [MSNBC, h/t]


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