Kenneth Moreno: Cop denies rape, admits singing Bon Jovi
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.
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