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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ex-cop, acquitted of rape, sentenced to prison for misconduct

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From Hussein Saddique, CNN, / August 9, 2011 - Updated 0045 GMT (0845 HKT). 

(CNN) -- Former New York police officer Kenneth Moreno was sentenced Monday to one year in prison for three counts of official misconduct in a case of alleged rape involving himself and another New York police officer.

A jury acquitted Moreno and former partner Franklin Mata of felony rape and burglary in May, but found them guilty of official misconduct, a misdemeanor. Moreno and Mata were on duty at the time of the alleged incident.

Moreno and Mata were accused of returning to the apartment of a 27-year-old woman whom they had helped earlier in the evening and raping her in December 2008.

The case set off a public storm, and the men were later fired from the New York Police Department. On Monday a group of female protesters gathered in front of the courthouse holding signs that read, "NYPD: Protect women," and, "Take rape seriously."

Moreno and Mata admitted they broke police guidelines by hiding from their superiors the fact that they went back to the woman's apartment. Moreno admitted to making a fake 911 emergency call so that police dispatchers would send the officers back to the woman's apartment, according to Judge Gregory Carro at New York County Supreme Court.

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