NYPD officers to surrender on rape charges

April 27, 2009 12:41:06 PM PDT
Two NYPD officers will surrender Tuesday to face charges they raped a woman in her East Village apartment last year. Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were indicted by a grand jury, sitting in Lower Manhattan. The indictment will be unsealed Tuesday morning after the officers surrender.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau will then discuss the indictment at an 11:30 a.m. news conference A spokeswoman for the Morgenthau declined comment.

One of the officers is suspected of raping the woman, while the other stood guard. The officers are expected to plead not guilty.

Moreno, a 17-year veteran, and his partner were stripped of their guns and badges after an East Village woman claimed he raped her after he and his partner helped her into her East 13th Street apartment.

They have been on modified duty.

The officers help the woman into her apartment on December 7 after she threw up in a cab, and the cab driver called 911.

The police officers were seen on surveillance video leaving the woman's building, and returning some 40 minutes later. They left about 17 minutes later, only to return a third time.

The woman later told friends she had been raped by a police officer, and took her complaint to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.


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