Michael Pena, the NYPD officer accused of raping a woman last Friday, did not intend to hurt anyone, his attorney said yesterday.
“There is absolutely no doubt that there was no intent on the part of Michael Pena to hurt anyone,” his lawyer, Martin Goldberg, told reporters. Pena was indicted, but his charges weren’t disclosed, prosecutors said yesterday.
Another of Pena’s lawyers had previously said his client might have been intoxicated when prosecutors say he raped a 25-year-old Bronx schoolteacher on Aug. 19.
The woman said that Pena first stopped her on the street in Inwood and asked her for directions to the 1 train. He then pulled out his gun and forced her into a nearby courtyard. There, she says, he raped her.
A woman in the building above the courtyard called 911 after seeing a commotion and Pena, 27, was arrested at the scene. The arresting officers didn’t realize Pena was a cop until they found his police ID on him, according to reports.
His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 21. Pena is a three-year veteran of the police force and was assigned to a Washington Heights precinct. He has been suspended.
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