October 20, 2011
NYPD cop gets away with raping woman in her Manhattan apartment.
On the seventh day of deliberations, jurors found Moreno and Mata not guilty of raping a 27-year-old woman inside her East Village apartment.
However, the officers were found guilty of the much lesser charges of official misconduct. They are scheduled to be sentenced June 29 and could face up to two years in prison, though they might only get probation.
During the trial, Moreno and Mata testified they broke Police Department guidelines by not telling their bosses they were going back to the woman's apartment. Moreno even said he made a fake 911 call so a dispatcher would send him to the building.
In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Junior said, in part, "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."