Jury selection starts in NYPD officers' rape trial

March 29, 2011 11:38:58 AM PDT
Jury selection has started for the rape trial of two New York City police officers accused of preying on a woman they were called to help.

Police officers Franklin Mata and Kenneth Moreno are accused of raping a drunk woman in the East Village in December of 2008.

The two officers had responded to a 911 call from a cab driver, who said the woman was too intoxicated to get into her apartment by herself.

They're accused of taking her to her home and attacking her.

Prosecutors say Moreno then raped her, and Mata acted as a lookout.

Authorities say the two returned to her apartment three times, soon after the initial visit.

The jury selection process started Tuesday after a judge dismissed some misconduct counts against Moreno and Mata .

The officers face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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