Former NYPD Officer Acquitted of Rape Unsurprisingly Determined an ‘Unfit’ Parent in Custody Battle

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Kenneth Moreno, one of the pithily nicknamed NYPD "rape cops" who was cleared on all but three charges of "official misconduct" despite a preponderance of evidence (including surveillance footage) suggesting that he raped a woman in her apartment while his partner played lookout, is back in the courts, this time fighting for custody of his 16-year-old daughter.

The Post reports that Judge Dean Kusakabe granted temporary custody of Moreno's daughter to his mother after determining yesterday in Brooklyn Family Court that both Moreno and Maria Cruz, the mother of his child, are unfit parents. Moreno has been serving a one-year-sentence for charges of official misconduct stemming from his involvement with a high-profile rape trial that culminated in May of 2011. His attorney, Cheryl Solomon, criticized Cruz for continuing to refer to Moreno by his Post-bestowed nickname "rape cop," which is probably immaterial since Children's Law Center lawyer Dawn Post, who represents Moreno's daughter, has made clear that her client would rather not live with Cruz anyway.

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HuxtableSweater
HuxtableSweater

Sometimes you wonder about the origins of a culture of male entitlement to women's bodies in this here America. Then you come across rape-y Christmas tunes. Take it away Bing Crosby & Doris Day! And Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone! And Bette Midler & James Caan! And Robert Palmer & Carnie Wilson! And tons of other people! "No means yes" is an American institution. This is a rape carol. I give you ... "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

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I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside

I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside

This evening has been - Been hoping that you'd drop in

So very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice

My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what's your hurry

My father will be pacing the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar

So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry

Well maybe just a half a drink more - Put some music on while I pour

The neighbors might think - Baby, it's bad out there

Say, what's in this drink - No cabs to be had out there

I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight

To break the spell - I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell

I ought to say no, no, no, sir - Mind if I move closer

At least I'm gonna say that I tried - What's the sense in hurting my pride?

I really can't stay - Baby don't hold out

Ahh, but it's cold outside

C'mon baby

I simply must go - Baby, it's cold outside

The answer is no - Ooh darling, it's cold outside

This welcome has been - I'm lucky that you dropped in

So nice and warm - Look out the window at that storm

My sister will be suspicious - Man, your lips look delicious

My brother will be there at the door - Waves upon a tropical shore

My maiden aunt's mind is vicious - Gosh your lips are delicious

Well maybe just a half a drink more - Never such a blizzard before

I've got to go home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there

Say, lend me your coat - It's up to your knees out there

You've really been grand - I thrill when you touch my hand

But don't you see - How can you do this thing to me?

There's bound to be talk tomorrow - Think of my life long sorrow

At least there will be plenty implied - If you caught pneumonia and died

I really can't stay - Get over that hold out

Ahh, but it's cold outside

Baby it's cold outside

Brr its cold….

It's cold out there

Cant you stay awhile longer baby

Well…..I really shouldn't...alright

Make it worth your while baby

Ahh, do that again….