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article imageNYPD officer acquitted of rape avoids heroin charges

By Shawn Kay     Sep 18, 2011 in Crime
New York - A former NYPD officer once acquitted of rape, has also dodged criminal charges relating to heroin possession after prosecutors decided not to pursue the case.
Kenneth Moreno, 41, a former New York City police officer acquitted of rape, will not face additional criminal charges for heroin possession, prosecutors said this past Monday.
The heroin was discovered during a search of his precinct locker after he was arrested for rape in 2009.
Moreno and his attorney argued that the locker was shared by several other officers.
The former officer was facing misdemeanor charges for possession of two packets of heroin until the Manhattan district attorney's office abruptly decided to drop the case.
Prosecutors reportedly said they did not see a need for pursuing the case.
Moreno was one of two NYPD officers recently charged with raping a drunken fashion executive in her apartment.
Former officers Moreno and his partner Franklin Mata, 26, were acquitted this past Spring on charges of raping the fashion executive after being summoned to help her home when she became very drunk during a night out celebrating a promotion on December 7, 2008.
Moreno was accused of having actual intercourse with her while Mata stood watch.
Moreno and his partner Mata, where originally facing rape and burglary charges but were acquitted of those charges and convicted on lesser charges of official misconduct (a misdemeanor offense) for repeatedly returning to the woman's apartment while telling police dispatchers they were elsewhere. The two were fired by the NYPD just hours after being found guilty of official misconduct.
Moreno was sentenced to a jail sentence of one year on the official misconduct charge while his co-defendant, Mata, was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Both are free on bail while they appeal the court's decision.
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