NYPD officer charged with sex abuse

April 11, 2008 8:16:43 PM PDT
A New York City police officer was indicted Friday on charges of sex abuse. Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau announced that Officer Wilfredo Rosario, assigned to the 26th Precinct in Manhattan, was arrested Thursday.

Authorities say that the investigation leading to the indictment charges that on March 26, 2008, while in uniform, Rosario approached a 27-year-old-woman and her young child while they were standing by their car.

According to police, he engaged her in conversation, telling her he could provide her with an employment application for school crossing guards and some information about after-school programs she was interested in for her son. He then took her address and phone number.

It is alleged that on March 30, 2008, after he went off-duty, Rosario went to the woman's home and asked her to come down to his car. Police say he asked her to get in, which she did. He is accused of driving her to a more secluded area along Riverside Drive, where he sexually abused her. Police say she tried to get out of the car, but Rosario grabbed her and pulled her back into the car. He then allegedly sexually abused her again before taking her home.

In the course of investigating that incident, investigators determined that in March 2002, Rosario attempted to force a then-18-year-old girl into having sex with him. Authorities say he had discovered the young girl and a male friend in Riverside Park after the park had closed. He allegedly told her he would let her go home, not tell her parents and not summons her if she had sex with him.

Rosario is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. He also faces charges of official misconduct and unlawful imprisonment.