NYPD of­fi­cer con­victed of as­sault­ing teacher

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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.

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