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East Village Cops Acquitted in Rape Trial

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The verdict is finally in on a closely watched trial involving two officers from the 9th Precinct accused of raping an intoxicated woman in her East Village apartment in 2009. The jury cleared officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata of the rape charges but convicted them on charges of misconduct.

From the NY Times:

The verdict provides some measure of vindication for the officers, Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, and brings to an end a criminal case that drew outrage across the city when the officers were indicted in 2009.

Still, the jury convicted both officers of official misconduct for entering the woman’s apartment, but found them not guilty of all other charges, including burglary and falsifying business records. The officers had both admitted to violating their duties on the night in question; Officer Moreno testified that he cuddled with the drunken woman in her bed while she wore nothing but a bra.

You can read the full story here.


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