Cop accused in rape pleads guilty to lesser charge

The suspended New Rochelle police sergeant accused of raping a 17-year-old girl pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of official misconduct. Sgt. David Rodriguez was sentenced to a year of conditional

News 12 Staff

Sep 26, 2008, 11:57 PM

Updated 5,718 days ago

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Cop accused in rape pleads guilty to lesser charge
The suspended New Rochelle police sergeant accused of raping a 17-year-old girl pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of official misconduct.
Sgt. David Rodriguez was sentenced to a year of conditional release and will not serve time in jail. He was also ordered to stay away from the teen for five years.
A police source told News 12 Westchester that an official misconduct charge is akin to that received for not paying a parking ticket.
Rodriguez was among officers who arrested the girl's boyfriend on a domestic violence charge Feb. 8. The girl claimed Rodriguez returned later, alone and off-duty, and raped her.
"There was never a rape, there was never intercourse and that's what we said from the beginning of this," says Stephen Worth, Rodriguez's lawyer. "Today, Mr. Rodriguez did what was best for his family and allows everyone to move on with their lives."
Rodriguez resigned from the police department last week. He was suspended from his job without pay since the allegation was first made.
AP wire reports contributed to this article.


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