'Rape Cops' Say All Charges Should Be Cleared Since They Were Just…

Remember the charmingly-nicknamed NYPD "rape cops" who were acquitted of rape and burglary but charged with "official misconduct" back in 2011 for having sex with a drunk woman whose taxi driver had called 911 out of concern for her wellbeing? (Not to be confused with that other "rape cop," Michael Pena, who struck a… » 10/23/12 11:40am 10/23/12 11:40am

'Rape Cop' Michael Pena Finally Pleads Guilty to Rape in the Hope of…

We can always count on the New York Post for its pithy headlines, like the one early this morning that proclaimed, "Rape-monster cop finally admits it." The "rape-monster cop" in question is the now-infamous former-NYPD officer Michael Pena, and the "it" is the rape of a schoolteacher at gunpoint last August. Pena… » 6/22/12 12:30pm 6/22/12 12:30pm

Jury Calls Bullshit on Cop's 'Zoloft Turned Me Into a Rapist!' Excuse

Well, at least they convict police officers of rape on one of the coasts. A California jury rejected a police officer's claim that he kidnapped and raped a woman because the Zoloft made him do it and convicted him of all seven charges. I'm not sure which feeling I'm feeling more strongly — schadenfreude over this evil… » 6/14/12 1:55pm 6/14/12 1:55pm

Rapey Cop Given 75-Year Sentence

Michael Pena, the former New York City cop who allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint in an alleyway last summer, has been convicted of three counts of predatory sexual assault. Each count carries with it a mandatory 25-year prison sentence, so the 28-year-old cop will be at least 103 before he's even up for parole. » 5/07/12 5:40pm 5/07/12 5:40pm

NYC 'Rape Cops' Juror Suggests The Woman Consented

Patrick Kirkland, a juror who voted to acquit former NYPD cops Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata of almost all charges in the notorious rape trial, has written a long piece on the experience for Gothamist. In it, he defends the jury from charges that they let a rapist go free, somewhat explains why they doubted the… » 9/08/11 1:50pm 9/08/11 1:50pm

Second NYC 'Rape Cop' Sentenced To 60 Days For Misconduct

Two days after his partner Kenneth Moreno's sentencing, former New York City policeman Franklin Mata was sentenced to 60 days in jail for official misconduct after he allegedly stood guard while Moreno sexually assaulted a woman. The policemen were acquitted of a more serious charge of rape back in May. The judge told… » 8/10/11 4:30pm 8/10/11 4:30pm

Woman In "Rape Cop" Case Says Acquittal "Brought Me To My Knees"

Following the infuriating acquittal of former New York police officer Kenneth Moreno, who allegedly raped a woman on duty while his partner Franklin Mata stood by, he and his wife made several comments to the press in which they smeared his accuser. Now, the 29-year-old woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has… » 5/31/11 9:07pm 5/31/11 9:07pm