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NYPD Off-Duty Cop Arrested for Raping Ex-Girlfriend

Officer Arthur Roldan, a 28-year-old NYPD Officer, is out on $20,000 bail after being charged with raping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint, reports the New York Daily News. He was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with rape, menacing, and assault.

Roldan and the victim reportedly met up on Staten Island on Tuesday weeks after the couple ended their relationship. According to authorities, the victim got into the NYPD cop’s car, where he sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. He also allegedly held a knife to her face and struck her in the face with a closed fist.

He then dropped her off at a friend's house, where she called 911 to report the assault. The judge granted him the unusually low bail based in part on his career as a law enforcement officer. There was also an order of protection issued that will prevent Officer Roldan from contacting the victim.

Roldan currently faces charges of rape, menacing, and assualt. Based on the facts in the news reports, he could be charged with rape in the first degree. This is defined as "sexual intercourse with another person ... by forcible compulsion." It is a class B felony, which has a penalty of up to twenty-five years in prison.

Menacing, which is defined as putting someone in reasonable fear of physical injury or death by displaying a deadly weapon, is a class A misdemeanor. It carries up to a year of incarceration.

The final offense, assault, would presumably be one of the lesser degrees of assault. The higher degrees of assault are reserved for assault with a deadly weapon, serious injury assaults, or assault on a police officer. That leaves third-degree assault, which is simply causing physical injury. It is a class A misdemeanor as well.

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