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Saturday, February 16, 2008

[NY] Sgt. Rodriguez denies accusations of raping domestic violence victim

Cop suspended after rape allegation
By Alison Gendar and Ethan Rouen
February 15th 2008
The husband of a WNBC-TV morning news anchor was suspended from his job as a sergeant with the New Rochelle Police Department after a teen alleged he raped her, a police source said... The 36-year-old sergeant has not been charged with a crime. He was suspended with pay, pending the results of an internal investigation... The victim called police early Friday morning to report that her live-in boyfriend had beaten her... The boyfriend was arrested, but later bailed himself out and returned to the house... Again, the victim summoned cops, and Rodriguez was one of the officers who responded, police said. When his shift ended, the victim claims, Rodriguez returned to her house and attacked her.

New Rochelle sergeant accused of rape
[LoHud.com] The Journal News
By Jonathan Bandler and Leslie Korngold
February 15, 2008
A city police sergeant has been suspended while his department investigates a 17-year-old girl's claim that he raped her after responding to a domestic dispute between her and her boyfriend, police said yesterday. The officer has denied the allegations... [Police Commissioner Patrick] Carroll would not name the officer at a press conference yesterday but law enforcement sources have identified him as David Rodriguez. He was promoted to sergeant last July... The sergeant was a supervisor on the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift. The girl says he returned to her apartment once off-duty early the next morning and raped her. She first made the claim Monday when she went to the Westchester District Attorney's Office and tried to get the domestic violence bureau to drop the charges against the boyfriend... The time lapse meant that no physical evidence was recovered from the girl. The police have searched the sergeant's home, car and locker... Carroll said investigators were trying to assess the girl's credibility, and he would not speculate about whether an arrest would be made. "We're going to take our time to cover all bases"...


New York Post, NY
By Leonardo Blair, Tom Liddy and Jennifer Fermino
February 16, 2008
The shaken teen allegedly raped by a veteran Westchester cop spoke out for the first time yesterday about her terrifying ordeal. "I am nervous. I am nervous... He forced me, but I don't want to talk about it," the young victim said... The sergeant, who was promoted last July and has a "sterling" service record, denied the charges...

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