Atty: Michael Pena, NYPD Officer Accused Of Raping Teacher, Meant No Harm

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The lawyers of an off-duty NYPD officer who is accused of raping a 25-year-old teacher in Inwood say their client didn’t mean to harm anyone.

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Michael Pena’s lawyers on Wednesday declined to detail his version of the events, but they say he “had no intent to hurt anybody.”

Pena was suspended without pay after the alleged incident.

Officials said Pena was off duty, armed and drunk when he encountered the 25-year-old school teacher on her way to work.

Police said she was snatched off a street in Inwood by Pena and forced into the back of an apartment building and raped.

Officials said there were eye witnesses to the attack who told cops they yelled to try to scare him off, but that he shouted back, “I’m almost done.”

A resident called 911 and Pena was arrested.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Pena had been indicted, but the charges weren’t immediately disclosed.

He’s being held on $1 million bond on rape and other initial charges.

Pena has worked at the 33rd Precinct since 2008 and his family says he is engaged to be married.

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  1. Michael Pena says:

    Listen, I was drinking and I couldn’t help myself, so I raped the girl. I was kind enough to tell the neighbors that I was almost finished and really, really didn’t mean to hurt this girl. Whatya want from me? I’m Hispanic and I can’t help myself. They probably should hve never made me a cop.

  2. Mike G says:

    And some people (mostly their relatives, I suspect) wonder why the public at large holds lawyers in total contempt.

    1. Truman says:

      …until YOU need one.

  3. Morgan says:

    He didn’t mean to harm anyone ? Then perhaps he should have gone home to his fiancee. Men who rape women either do it for sexual gratification or to be in the position to literally control her. Men who have been abused as children act out in this manner, in basic training/Police academy they are trained to behave in a productive manner. He apparently has some common sense because he was capable of passing the exam , passed basic training and hired. To use alcohol to justify his behavior is a bunch of horse manure. He had been in his personal relationship for quite sometime, maybe he had an itch and utilized his gun and badge to manipulate an innocent woman. He’s disgusting, if his fiancee has an ounce of sense or brains she’ll move on.

  4. Bob Fowler says:

    All of the standard racist rhetoric aside, did this idiot actually say that he didn’t mean to hurt anyone? Of course it will be because of the alcohol, but if you need to display the threat of death in order to get someone to walk with you, even while drunk, you probably aren’t too concerned with the victim’s well being. Follow that with the apparent struggle when he attempted to woo her into helping him get his rocks off, and I still can’t see how the victim’s well being was his concern.

    Should Pena ever have been allowed onto the NYPD? Probably not, based upon his conduct. I know that I grew up in a different generation, but when you can no longer trust the police to aid and assist, and not get what they can from a victim, there may be a need to reevaluate who we are protected by and from.

  5. Live Free or Die says:

    Put him in a barn with his nuts nailed to the floor, set the barn on fire and give him a knife.

    No human being (and that does not mean Michael Pena) ever deserves what was committed by one of NY’s “finest”?

  6. DanTe says:

    He is correct. This is how theyz be friendly to the ho’s in deSPICable land.

  7. Fritz Von says:

    Where is all the wonderful touchy feely tolerance that so called liberals are famous for? Obviously this poor man is a victim of society and the burden of being a person of color. The white crackerman is to blame for this incident. If whitey didn’t have standards that savages can’t live up to, then savages couldn’t be deemed savages.

  8. karlson says:

    Besides lowering the hiring standards for NYPD, there’s a problem with drinking on and off duty. Years ago, cops got drunk on and off duty but kept it in check because they could tolerate their drink of choice. And they didn’t act out. The new breed of NYPD cannot drink and maintain a civil composure.

    NYPD always wanted their cops armed 24/7 in the past. Now they really are against them going into a bar with their service weapon, or drinking anywhere with their service weapon.

    Not excusing any of this behavior by the POS! You do something, you are responsible for your actions, drunk or not, on duty or off duty.

  9. Anthony Pepe says:

    i wonder if he was high on bath salts. sounds like a very stupid irrational act.

  10. Antonio NYC says:

    I don’t get how this has anything to do with race, anyway. Pena is a POS who should be punished more severely that a civilian. Minorities dont have a monopoly on crime, as far as I know.

    I do agree however, that Affirmative action does give the impression that minorities are under-qualified. That doesn’t help their plight.

  11. DEWEY says:

    YELLED BACK “I’M ALMOST DONE” WHY SHOULD WE WASTE TAX DOLLARS & WERE IIN A SO CALLED RECESSION, DO LIKE THEY DO IN SOME THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES: GIVE HIM A CHOICE, LIFE IN JAIL W/NO CHANCE OF EVER GETTING PAROLE (OR) COMPLETE CASTRATION ! ! ! {WORKS FOR ME} !

    1. The Colonel says:

      Bubba and the Bros will be worse for him on Rikers.

      1. See You In About 15 Years!! says:

        Don’t drop the soap Officer!!!!!

      2. DEWEY says:

        COLONEL: YOU MAYBE RIGHT & I’M SORRY I DID NOT THINK OF THAT 1st. & IT’S DONE RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA ! ! ! THANKS FOR THE LAUGH OF THE DAY YOU GAVE ME ! ! PRICELESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. GREG says:

    HE HAD NO INTENTION TO HURT ANYBODY. HE TOOK AND INCONECT PERSON AT GUNPOINT AND TOLD HER YOUR COMING WITH ME AND RAPPED HER…WHAT KIND OF AN ANIMAL IS THIS..HE SHOULD BE LINCHED FROM A POLE IN TIMES SQUARE AS PUNISHMENT…MAYBE THAT WOULD SEND OUT A MESSAGE SAYING IT NOT OK TO DO THIS… THIS GUT IS A PIECE OF S–T…

    1. JOSH SUCKS says:

      He should be put in stocks in Times Square and raped. He’s gonna get that anyway once he gets to Rikers. Bubba is waiting.

    2. LarryG says:

      I agree. Rapping someone should be a capital crime. He should have tried R & B.

      1. LG says:

        Oh come on…the genres have crossed so much that neither one is pure anymore. Oh wait…

  13. The Truth!! says:

    How did this sub-animal get on the Police Department? Oh, thats right, he is a minority city resident, automatically is hired. I get drunk every now and then, but somehow I don’t find myself raping anyone, I just grab a cab home and go to bed. Guess thats just me.

    1. Tito says:

      You’re not a rapist but you are a bigot. I’m neither, but I guess that’s just me.

      1. IgnoranteElephante says:

        Tito,
        This is affirmative action at work. If you don’t like being singled out because of your race, then denounce affirmative action, which does just that.

        The thought is that you are somehow not suitable to meet the requirements that everybody must follow. Thus, the government must lower them and higher a certain quota of minorities to make all feel at home.

        How does that make you feel? I’d feel like sh!t if it were me.

      2. The Truth!! says:

        No Tito, I am not a Bigot. I am a realist. Minority preferential hiring with extra points on exams are making us see more hiring of people who should never be on public service jobs. You know it, I know it and if you look at the statistics foe the police Department since they started giving extra points you will see a correlation between minority hiring and cops getting in big trouble. it is a fact that can not be denied. The problem does not lie in the actual race of the people hired, it comes from a lack of proper investigation and policies put in place to hire minorities by the Police Department that allows miscreants onto the Police Department.

      3. William says:

        Hey Tito, If minorities want to be treated EQUAL then the test score for civil service jobs should be EQUAL. A black man, a hispanic man, an Asian man and a white man all can study their A$$ off to score high enough to be accepted. If we need more diversity, fine, but score the same as me please.. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth either, but let’s keep it EQUAL!!! This is what happens when the NYPD looked at a man’s race before his qualifications..

      4. ablecynic says:

        Tito, you are the bigot. This guy is black, and what he did is justifiably linked to his race. If you don’t like it, then learn how to change black culture. That should be easy enough shouldn’t it?

    2. me says:

      If you don’t like it, you can go back to Europe where all your other immigrant relatives came from!

      If you really want to change “Affirmative Action” then run for office as a respectable human being instead of ranting about it like white trash (which I’m assuming you are since the statistics show it’s white people who are quickly becoming the minority and therefore threatened)

      1. me says:

        Furhtermore, this article had nothing to do with affirmative action in the first place. MAN rapes WOMAN!!! As far as I can tell, that is simply human to human action! Im sure politics and stats weren’t going through her head when she was being assaulted.

      2. IgnoranteElephante says:

        So, you don’t think white trash is an offensive term or is it that you don’t think racism or bigotry applies anyone but whites.

        Your diatribe provokes the following question. When whites, who you refer to as trash, do become the minority of record, will you still prefer racial quotas and pro minority preferential treatment?

        And, on this day when you are finally acknowledged at the “majority,” will you even be able to govern or will you be too busy oversleeping, reproducing, fixing cars, or marching in ethnic parades?

      3. George says:

        An minority raping a woman is not the surprise here, the fact that he’s in the NYPD is. Which raises the issue of how all of these POS’s in the news recently got on the job.

      4. Hey me.... says:

        Aren’t you an wisea$$?? So now anyone against affimative action is a bigot… I personally know a few “minorities” that resent affirmative action, for the simple reason that it can be seen in some way that they got in because of race. My friend Larry is a black man with an IQ of about 135. Maybe it was necessary in the 60’s and 70’s but NOW?? Come on… and White Trash is uncalled for. You sound intelligent, act like it….

      5. LarryG says:

        So where did your feces-colored ancestors hail from? Maybe you should get out, too? Nobody would miss you , I’m certain. And your point about whites becoming a minority: It is true due to the rat-like breeding characteristics of blacks and hispanics. Maybe youought to STFU!!

    3. ham07 says:

      The two cops that were charged with raping the women in her apt in the village were not minorities, so much for your BS theory.

      1. IgnoranteElephante says:

        They were both hispanics, whom are claimed to be a minority still, Genius.

      2. ham07 says:

        @ignorante,
        Sorry I wasn’t aware you had deep seated nazi racism which takes into consideration the genetic stock of police officers doing research to track down their pedigree, even though their appearance was caucasian,you need non hispanic caucasian to be true caucasian.

        LOL, You should get a life!!

      3. IgnoranteElephante says:

        @ ham07. Nazi racism? The Nazi’s main qualm, among many, were with Jews. They also despised the Polish, gypsies, communists, gays, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the mentally ill, and Free Masons. They were tolerant of blacks, and had no issues with the Hispanics.

        This is a perfect example of racially driven excuse making on your part. I correct your ignorant statement with a fact, i.e., that Kenneth Moreno and Frances Mata, were Hispanic. You, not liking being corrected and wanting to be incendiary, liken me to a Nazi. Rather than debate the issue, you cry racism. This is the liberal thinking that perpetrates affirmative action and other programs to justify repeated failures in the minority community. This type of thinking is akin to saying “They can’t help themselves. They’re black.” Does that sound right to you?

        Lastly, that you couldn’t decipher that Moreno and Mata were Hispanic names is telling of your stupidity.

    4. Curt says:

      Hey The Truth – What do you call the white cops who commit crimes? And how do you analysis their crimes?

      Please provide a logical and sensible response.

      1. Peter says:

        INNOCENT.

    5. Curt says:

      Hey The Truth – What do you call the white cops who commit crimes? And how do you analysis their crimes?

      Please provide a logical and sensible response.

      1. The Truth!! says:

        Give me a true life example from after Minorities were given preferntial treatment in hiring. I will be able to answer you at that time. Of course they will have to be violent crimes, ie: Rape, Robbery and Assault, like we’ve seen recently. Good luck in your research..

  14. SoSo says:

    Hey Pena, what was you thinking oh I know if DSK can get away with it way not me.

    1. tom says:

      horrible crime… didnt want to harm?… horrible
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  15. KC says:

    castrate this POS

  16. Blklyn Defense Atty says:

    I meant “your”…typo.

  17. Bklyn Defense Atty says:

    He couldn’t have been that drunk if he was able to form the intent to show her the gun and force her to come with him. Counselors, sometime it’s best to keep you mouths SHUT when you really have nothing good to say about your client…I know!

    1. Not a Defense Attorney says:

      Obviously you are not a true Defense Attorney. If you were you would have surmised that the Defendant was so intoxicated that he accidentally took a Viagra instead of a Naprosyn. Having an erection that refused to go away and feeling the alcohol and Viagra reacting in an unusual way together in a synergystic effect the PO approached a person he believed to be a working girl. He opened his jacket to show his erection forgetting that he was carrying his gun. Although his victim refused his advances and repeatedly asked the PO not to have sex with her he thought she was role playing and continued his actions Thats what a Defense attorney would say. I say put him in jail with the biggest strongest inmate and see what happens..

  18. Peter says:

    Police say Pena, who was described as being very drunk, asked the woman for directions to the subway. When the woman refused, he allegedly opened his jacket to display a handgun and told the woman “you’re coming with me.”

    what a fine POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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