Kenneth Moreno: Cop denies rape, admits singing Bon Jovi

Kenneth Moreno leaves Manhattan Supreme Court last month during an earlier part of his trial.

Blockbuster testimony came out of Manhattan Supreme Court when a New York City police officer accused of rape took the stand for the first time yesterday, speaking in his own defense.

Officer Kenneth Moreno is accused of raping a 29-year-old woman who  needed help getting into her East Village apartment after a night of heavy drinking in December 2008. The woman said Moreno raped her after she passed out while his partner, NYPD Officer Franklin Mata, stood lookout.

Yesterday, Moreno made the shocking admission that he made a fake 911 call to get back to the woman’s apartment.

“I said I was John Edwards,” he told the court. “I said I was from Canada. It was stupid.”

He said he went back to her home four times that night to check up on her, and even helped her remove her boots.

But he denied having sex with the woman.

He wanted to convince her to stop drinking, he told jurors, who sat emotionless throughout his testimony.

On the third visit, he said, he sang part of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to her as she was sick. “I told her one of my favorite groups was Bon Jovi when I was feeling down and out.”

Before he left after the fourth visit, Moreno said, he rubbed her back, adding that he "might have kissed" her shoulder.

He left when he said the woman tried to bring him into her bed. “She came to kiss me and I could still smell the alcohol. I could smell the vomit on her breath.”  

He said the woman touched his bulletproof vest and “was moving her buttocks area against my groin area.”

His testimony will continue tomorrow, with a cross-examination.

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter


Easter 2014: The year's best bonnets

It's Easter, and that means it's time for Fifth Avenue to turn into a veritable catwalk of bonnet-wearers. The annual march, which kicks off at…


Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping of baby in…

Authorities said that a Queens woman behind an attempted kidnapping of an 8-month-old baby boy was arrested on Saturday.


Hate crime charge in attack on Sikh Columbia…

A man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly pulled the beard of a Sikh Columbia University professor as part…


NYPD arrest man after finding body inside plastic…

Police said they found a man stuffed inside a plastic container in a Brooklyn home. Authorities arrested Joshua Simser, 24, in connection to the death


Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…


Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.


Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.


Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.


Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.


Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.


Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…


Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…


Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…


4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.