NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A jury has deadlocked on rape charges a day after an off-duty New York City police officer was convicted of sexually assaulting a schoolteacher he grabbed off the street.
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On Tuesday, the jury found Pena guilty of three counts of predatory sex assault — which is punishable by up to life in prison, for possessing a weapon, and three counts of criminal sex acts involving “touching.”
The victim, a 25-year-old second grade school teacher, had testified Pena forced her at gunpoint off an Inwood street last August and raped her.
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Pena admits sexually attacking the woman, but denies raping her.
The defense said the victim was in such “abject terror” that she was mistaken about the extent of what happened.
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