Thursday, May 7, 2009
[CT] Imprisoned ex-Officer Crespo is stuck with his conviction for repeatedly raping his ex
CONN. COURT UPHOLDS POLICE OFFICER RAPE CONVICTION
May 6, 2009
HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's appellate court has upheld the rape conviction of an East Windsor police officer charged with sexually assaulting a Yale student. The state's second highest court Wednesday rejected the appeal of Rafael Crespo Jr., who appealed on several grounds including a claim the jury should have heard testimony on the victim's prior sexual experience. Crespo was arrested on Feb. 3, 2005, by Yale University police. He was accused of raping and assaulting his former girlfriend several times while off duty. Crespo was fired after his conviction and is serving a 14-year prison sentence. The victim had claimed that when she was first raped by Crespo she did not report the attack because he was a police officer and she feared he would retaliate against her. [LINK]
EXCERPTS FROM A COUPLE OF OLDER ARTICLES:
E. WINDSOR POLICE 'SHAKEN' BY OFFICER'S ARREST
By: Mike Cummings
February 04, 2005
...Yale University police arrested Crespo at about 4 p.m. Thursday at the East Windsor police station on charges arising from a domestic violence situation in New Haven. Crespo, 29, was charged with two counts each of first-degree kidnapping with a firearm and first-degree sexual assault and single counts of third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful restraint, and threatening...
ALLEGATIONS OUTLINED IN RAPE CASE AGAINST OFFICER
February 8, 2005
By KIM MARTINEAU
A Yale student said she was raped in her dorm room last June by her former fiance, an East Windsor police officer, who became enraged after he spilled juice on his shirt... claiming that her former boyfriend had physically and sexually attacked her several times over the past year, as well as repeatedly threatening her with a gun, according to the warrant... Many of the woman's allegations were corroborated by notes jotted down by the nurse and psychiatrist at Yale who saw her over that time, the warrant states. Several rapes are described, along with a pattern of psychological abuse that led the student to shuttle from one apartment to another and, finally, to a dorm room as she tried to end the relationship... Crespo dragged her out of his car, hurting her elbow and breaking her sunglasses, while on a shopping trip to Milford. Wielding a gun, he threatened to smash her face and kill her, she said. That night, the woman stayed at Crespo's home in East Hartford. He went to work and became angry when he found her still at home when he returned, she said. He put her in handcuffs and threatened to drag her home to New Haven, she said. At one point, he kicked her in the stomach and she screamed, she said. Crespo's father woke up and came into the room. Eventually, both men drove her back to New Haven and dropped her off at work... Detectives confirmed that the woman had been repeatedly treated at Yale University Health Services for injuries arising from what she termed an abusive relationship, the warrant states. The woman had asked the nurse who treated her not to contact police, citing fear of Crespo's power as a police officer. The nurse told police the woman had bruising, depression and fear seen in victims of domestic abuse. She referred the woman to a psychiatrist who noted she was afraid of the man she was seeing but too frightened to end the relationship...
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