By Heather Holland
Both Officers, Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, who were charged with rape for allegedly raping a woman after escorting her to her East Village home, were acquitted after a seven-day deliberation of the 12-person jury, as reported on nbcnewyork.com.
Moreno, who has been on the NYPD force for 17 years, and Mata, who’s been on the force for about five, were cleared of both rape and burglary charges.
Despite the fact that Moreno said “yes,” when the victim approached him with a hidden wire and asked him if he wore a condom during the night in question, no dna evidence was found or offered in the case.
According to a statement on the verdict released by the District Attorney’s office, both officers were convicted of three counts of official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, for reentering the woman’s apartment. The officers are expected to be sentenced on June 29.
“We respect the jury’s verdict, which acknowledges that the defendants’ actions that night not only violated the law, they violated the victim’s rights, and the public’s trust,” said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. “I thank our prosecutors, Coleen Balbert and
Randolph Clarke, Jr., who worked tirelessly on this case. I also commend the bravery of the victim in coming forward, and in persevering through an often grueling and very public 9-
week trial. ”