NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Charges were dropped Wednesday for an NYPD officer who was accused of rape in an alleged affair with an underage girl.
The Bronx District Attorney’s office told CBS2 they had dropped charges against Officer Vladimir Sosa, 38.READ MORE: DMX Dies At Age 50 After Days On Life Support At White Plains Hospital
“There was not enough credible evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
Sosa had been arrested Tuesday, March 24, at his home in the Bronx River Houses public housing development.
He was charged with rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17, police said.
The girl involved allegedly was 16 at the time of the incident and is now 17, police sources said.READ MORE: Road To Reopening: Luna Park Welcomes Back Guests For Family Fun In Coney Island
Sosa allegedly met the girl at a church they both attended where the officer is one of the leaders, sources said. The church practices out of hotels in the Bronx, sources said.
But last month, Sosa’s attorneys claimed the charges were wholly unfounded.
“There’s an audio recording where the complaining witness admits that at the time when she claims this occurred, she was actually of age,” attorney Joseph Indusi said April 17.
But attorneys also claim that Sosa never had a relationship with the teen at all.MORE NEWS: Police Officers Cleared Of Wrongdoing In 2019 Fatal Shootings Of NYPD Detective Brian Mulkeen, Antonio Williams
“Even if every word the DA said is true — which it’s not — she would have been 17 at the time of the alleged conduct, and 17 is the age of consent in New York,” attorney Cary London said last month. “And thus, Officer Sosa did absolutely nothing wrong.”