Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, NYPD Officers, Found Not Guilty of Rape

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Moreno on the stand
There is a verdict in the trial of NYPD officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, who had been accused of raping a 27-year-old East Village woman they were called to help home on a drunken night in 2008. This comes on the seventh day of deliberations. Moreno, 43, and Mata, 29, were on trial for first-degree rape charges, two counts of second-degree burglary for entering her apartment twice, and several counts of official misconduct. Per NY1, both officers have been found not guilty of rape and have also been cleared of the burglary charges. Moreno and Mata have been found guilty of official misconduct for not calling an ambulance for the woman; they'll face up to a year in prison for that. The woman still has a $57 million lawsuit pending against the city.

Defense Attorney Joseph Tacopina said the officers, who have been suspended pending departmental review of their case, "do not expect to return to policing," reports NBC NY.

For more on the NYPD "rape cop" case, as it was dubbed by the local tabloids, here's a selection of our previous coverage:

Cops Accused of Raping Woman Still On NYPD Payroll

Fake 911 Call Could Derail Cops' Rape Defense

NYPD Rape Trial: Accuser Testifies Through Tears

Rape Victim Could Really 'Pound It' According to Scummy Defense Attorney For NYPD Officers

Kenneth Moreno, NYPD Officer on Trial for Rape, Lied at Least Once on the Stand

Kenneth Moreno at NYPD Rape Trial: 'I Don't Kiss and Tell'

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4 comments
pschase
pschase

We'll see how the whole case pans out. They should definitely be found guilty of being awkward, ass-backward embarrassments to the job of policing society, at the very least.

Mikemcd112000
Mikemcd112000

They know they get away with murder! That's why they became cops.

Johnnythunders
Johnnythunders

These pigs were as guilty as sin.  This just goes to show you that putting on that cop uniform is basically a license to act like a beast, because you will have the full power of the system backing you up.  These jurors should be ashamed on themselves.  Its a travesty.

NYer
NYer

This is disgusting. There was definitely enough circumstantial evidence to convict. If he wasn't a cop...

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