Not again! Yet, another NYPD cop was arrested over the weekend for raping a woman. Off duty officer Michael Pena was literally caught with his pants down after police were called to the scene of him attacking a schoolteacher early Friday morning while she was on her way to work in Inwood.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is alleging that Pena forced the schoolteacher into an alley at gunpoint and forced intercourse and forced her to perform oral sex. When a neighbor heard the attack and looked out her window to see him attacking the schoolteacher she called 911 and Pena was caught in the act apparently intoxicated.
Pena is being held in Rikers on $1 million dollars bond and was arraigned over the weekend for first degree rape, forcible rape, and predatory sexual assault.
Pena is claiming that the D.A. is going to throw the book at him because of the recent high profile acquittal of the other NYPD Rape Cops Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Matta telling the NY Daily News:
“The DA is arresting cops, indicting cops…They’re trying to make an example out of me. There’s a lot I want to say about this,” he said. “Eventually, the truth will come out. Everything’s not black and white. There are shades of gray.”
Presumption of innocence is a right that everyone has, of course, but exactly what is this “shade of gray” he speaketh of? Seems to me that there is an eye witness to the crime and the police arrived while you were standing over the woman with your pants down. I hope the D.A. does throw the book at Pena and punishes him to the full extent of the law, not because Moreno and Matta got off but because every rapist should be locked up as long as the law will allow.
An innocent schoolteacher’s life is turned upside down while she is walking to work and Pena thinks he’s being treated unfairly?! Please.