Jury Deadlocked On Rape Charges Against NYPD Officer Michael Pena

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.

The Manhattan district attorney said Wednesday jurors “did not reach consensus” on two counts of rape and two related charges against 28-year-old Michael Pena.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

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.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case

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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  • DanTe

    Must be SP1Cs on the jury. SP1Cs knows that SP1C females likes it rough.

  • The Realist

    Why is there a trial? All police officers are supposed to be Legally Designated Heroes, and thus fully exempt from ALL LAWS.

  • thor's hammer

    hope the judge gives this miserable excuse for oxygen consumption on the planet the max – life. the sentences on each charge should be served consecutively, not concurrently. ah for the days of the spanish inquisition, viking justice, the code of the native peoples. hope none of his female relatives try to put in a good word for him. hope the good people of new york weren’t paying for his lawyer, and certainly hope this wasn’t a pba lawyer either. my dad was nypd for 30+ years, he and his old days wooden nightstick would have liked 5 minutes with this loser. may his days in a 4 ft diameter windowless cell (with minimal electricity) and no perks be 1 more miserable than the previous one. may the voice screaming NO in your head grow louder every day. hope you can’t collect any pension or other benefit since your firing from the department. one of new york’s finest, i think NOT.

  • louis

    this guy Dishonored the UNIFORM if he is guilty He rots in jail

  • Should be ashamed

    This jury just raped the victim all over again they and there families should be proud.Lets see when it happens to someoneone they know.She is as honest as a woman can be.I think she knows if she was penetrated.What a sick joke of a jury.Cannot wait to see how many men were on this jury.

  • MaxineRocks

    Because every woman is totally confused about whether or not she was forcibly penetrated, never mind his semen was on her underwear and it hurt. Fine – lock him up on all the other charges with the terms to run consecutively, not concurrently, and file a multimillion dollar civil suit against him. He ruined her life – it’s her turn to completely destroy his pathetic life. Some cop he was – loser!

  • Edde

    what a headline, Deadlocked on Rape Carges, gotta love the spelling, maybe who wrote this also wrote the article on how the Highway dept made a blunder spelling school as shcoo at a school crossing marking ????l

  • CT Native

    Time to lock up this sick predator!!!!

  • http://daksden.wordpress.com dakotahgeo

    I can’t wait for Pena to meet Bubba… even if it’s for a month!!! He’ll think twice before sexally assaulting anyone in his future!

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