NYPD officer convicted of assaulting teacher
NEW YORK | An off-duty police officer was convicted Tuesday of grabbing a schoolteacher off a street and sexually assaulting her, and jurors have been told to keep deliberating on some unresolved counts, including rape.
The jurors found Michael Pena guilty of criminal sex act and some counts of predatory sexual assault. The latter charge carries the potential for life in prison.
The woman testified that Pena grabbed her off the street, forced her into an Upper Manhattan apartment building courtyard and raped her at gunpoint in August. She was on her way to her first day of work at a teaching job.
The defense said Pena acknowledges attacking the woman but never had intercourse with her. Mr. Rajanna said. “I thought that these would be recycled away just like any other papers.”
The daughter of the woman who found the records contacted the Kansas City Star after Overland Park police initially declined to respond to her call — a decision Capt. Erik Hulse later conceded was a mistake. The women did not want their names released.