Allowing her name to be used for the first time, Lydia Cuomo, 26, is headed to Albany to talk to lawmakers about changing the meaning of the word “rape.”
Officer Arthur Roldan, 28, was arrested late Wednesday night on rape, menacing and assault charges, police said.
Monday’s sentencing resolved, for now, the complicated legal case surrounding Michael Pena’s off-duty attack on a woman heading to her first day at a new teaching job.
The former NYPD officer sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for attacking a woman in upper Manhattan. By pleading guilty to rape, the victim will not have to face Pena in a retrial.
In March, a jury convicted Michael Pena of three counts of predatory sex assault, for possessing a weapon and three counts of criminal sex acts involving “touching.”
On Tuesday, the jury found the 28-year-old Michael Pena guilty of three counts of predatory sex assault, for possessing a weapon, and three counts of criminal sex acts involving “touching,” but was deadlocked on two counts of rape in the first degree.
Pena was convicted of three counts of committing a criminal sexual act. Pena was also convicted of three counts of predatory sexual assault. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on two counts of rape and two other counts of predatory sexual assault.
Jurors said Monday they were stuck on the rape and some other charges against Michael Pena. They say they’ve reached a verdict on other charges, including three counts of predatory sexual assault.
A 25-year-old schoolteacher alleged that officer Michael Pena asked her for directions. When she refused, he allegedly opened his jacket, displayed his gun, told her she was coming with him, and then proceeded to rape her in a courtyard.
“The brazenness of the horrific attack charged by the grand jury is truly shocking,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Wednesday.
Michael Pena’s lawyers on Wednesday declined to detail his version of the events, but they say he “had no intent to hurt anybody.”
Police said the alleged rape happened Friday morning behind an apartment building in Inwood. Pena, drunk and in plain clothes, asked a woman for directions, police say.
Michael Pena, an officer since 2008, has been suspended without pay after the alleged incident in which a 25-year-old teacher said she was raped in Inwood.