Sources: NYPD Cop Accused in Rape Case

Crime, Law and JusticeJustice SystemNew York City Police DepartmentEast Village (Manhattan, New York)

A Manhattan woman has accused a New York City police officer of raping her in her apartment in December, police department sources said Sunday.

The officer and his partner, whose names have not been released, havebeen placed on modified desk duty and are under investigation by theManhattan district attorney's office and the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, sources said.

The sources gave the following account: On Dec. 7, the woman, abusiness executive who lives in the East Village, was drunk and unableto find the money to pay her cab fare. The cabdriver phoned 911 and thetwo officers, one a veteran and the other fairly new to the force,helped the woman get to her apartment. Both officers left but returned40 minutes later. The woman said she was attacked during their secondvisit.

Surveillance cameras in the building captured the two officers entering and leaving the building twice, sources said.

The woman reported the alleged assault to the Manhattan district attorney's office.

"The DA's office has gone on for a period of time with thisinvestigation, which would seem to indicate that there are questionsabout the complainer's original version of the facts," says StephenWorth, an attorney for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association who isrepresenting one of the officers.

An NYPD spokesman would only say, "The matter is being investigated by Internal Affairs."

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