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Accuser In Rape Trial Of NYPD Officers Moreno, Mata Expected To Testify

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Accused NYPD Officers Kenneth Moreno (L), Franklin Mata (R) (credit: CBS2)

Accused NYPD Officers Kenneth Moreno (L), Franklin Mata (R) (credit: CBS2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The woman accusing two New York City police officers of sexual assault is expected to take the stand as early as Tuesday.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell on the police dispatcher’s testimony

Officer Kenneth Moreno is charged with raping the fashion industry executive inside her East Village apartment in December 2008 with Officer Franklin Mata allegedly acting as his lookout.

In 2008, they responded to a call from a cab driver who said the woman was so drunk she needed help getting home.

According to prosecutors, the officers pretended to be citizens and called 911 to report phony situations that required police attention, all in order to keep themselves in the vicinity of the East 13th Street building where the alleged rape occurred. 

On Tuesday, radio dispatcher Eddie Rodriguez admitted that at no time were the officers out of touch with or delayed in responding to their radio calls during the hours in question.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports: Defense grills police dispatcher

On Monday, the jury watched surveillance videos of the officers entering and leaving the building four times over several hours.

In one call to 911, in a tape played for the jury, a man who identified himself as “John Edward” reported a homeless man snoring in the entrance to a building on East 13th Street.  The call was made at 1:47 a.m. on December 7, 2008.

When another radio car offered to handle that one, the accused officers jumped on the radio saying ‘Oh no, we’ll go,’ WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell said.

Defense lawyers argued Moreno did not have sex with her, but did have “physical contact.”

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