Cleared of rape, Kenneth Moreno speaks out
Kenneth Moreno has waited nearly three years to speak his mind like this.
The former police officer, accused of raping a drunk woman, was acquitted of the charge last week — and he and his wife want New Yorkers to know they are angry.
The woman said he raped her in December 2008. Moreno admitted faking a 911 call to return to her apartment and even said he cuddled with her while she wore only a pink bra — but steadfastly denies the rape allegation.
Moreno and his wife, Julia, 28, speculated this weekend as to why they say the woman fabricated the story — perhaps to get cash from the city in a settlement, they said, or maybe it was a political setup created by prosecutors. She could have just wanted to look better for her friends, they mused.
“I believe she wanted sympathy from her friends because they threw her out of her own party,” Julia Moreno told The New York Times.
To the New York Post, she called the woman a liar and said she had one reason “to make up this story” — money.
“She can go to hell,” she added.
Moreno, who will be sentenced for his official misconduct conviction in June, said the last few years have been “a rough road.”
“I find it hard to believe that people can’t believe a gentleman said no,” he told the Daily News.
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