Two New York Police officers accused of participating in the rape of a drunken women they had been called to assist were found not guilty by a New York jury today. NYPD Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, were acquitted of rape, burglary and falsifying business records, but were found guilty on misconduct charges, reports The New York Times. The case created outrage in the City when Moreno was accused of raping the alleged victim while Mata stood guard in 2009.
Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were called to help the woman the press calls a 'fashion executive' who had been drinking heavily at a bar in Brooklyn, writes The Times. The officers admitted, and security tapes shown at trial confirmed, the officers came back at least three times to the woman's apartment that night. Officer Moreno also testified to "cuddling" the woman while she was nearly naked, but said that he wanted to help her. According to testimony, her drinking struck a chord with him as he was himself a recovering alcoholic.