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

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.”

More from Irene Cornell
  • Rodin

    These innocent gentleman are being prosecuted because of their faith and that’s the moral truth.

  • Moral Truth

    These innocent gentleman are being prosecuted because of their faith and that’s the moral truth.

    • Peter

      Your an idiot.

    • esorah

      What would you do if this lady was your daughter, sister or wife?

      • Don't let's be stupid

        If you get **that drunk** and don’t have a trusted caretaker with you, something bad will happen.

  • Diversity = Death

  • Tommy

    There is no doubt these d-bags are 100% guilty, hopefully the prosecution doesn’t mess this one up. Hope they rot in hell.

  • Vic

    Video shows them going in and out of the apartment building. But no video of what happened – let’s be honest. This will work against her. And was a rape kit done on her? Don’t remember reading if one was done or not but unless there’s concrete proof beyond what she told her boss or friends, aside from a hard wrist slap, I don’t think they’ll do major time. Hope for her sake it’s proven they did commit this despicable assult on her and she gets justice. Good luck, girl.

  • Vic

    Just an observation and I hope assault like this never happens to anyone I know. If she was too drunk to remember — as was reported earlier — there will be reasonable doubt that the assault took place. Regardless of whether these P.O.S.’s did it or not. Just because she told people — I was attached or I think I was attacked, I really hope her testimony goes quick for her sake because defense will rip her to shreds. Ladies, don’t drink til you drop. Because you won’t remember sheet. Will have to deal with consequences later. And if these jersk did do something to her, and it’s really proven beyond a reasonable doubt, then I hope they get what’s coming to them.

  • nyc

    These two cops are fudged up !!

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