Michael Pena, a cop accused of drunkenly raping a woman at gunpoint while he was off-duty, was found guilty yesterday of three counts of predatory sexual attack.
The drunken, off-duty cop who pulled his service weapon on a school teacher in a horrific, random sex attack in upper Manhattan is facing life in prison after a jury found him guilty yesterday of three counts of predatory sexual assault.
Michael Pena also was convicted of sexually violating the young woman — a stranger who had been en route to her first day working as a second-grade teacher when the boozed-up cop pulled her into an Inwood back yard and told her he’d shoot her in the face if she screamed or opened her eyes.
The Post headline is “Cop Sex Fiend Found Guilty,” which is weird because it misses a perfectly good opportunity to blame the victim for her sexual assault, like all of the other rape and sexual assault reporting they do. Maybe this is why:
Then there was the compelling testimony of the 25-year-old victim herself, who tearfully insisted to jurors that she was certain she’d been raped because, she said, “It hurt.”
So see, it’s “real” rape. Everyone knows it’s only really rape if you fight back, and if it hurts, and if you are sober and a nice girl and not on a date with the guy and not a maid. Not like her or her or her. Even the construction of that sentence makes my skin crawl, like it’s not enough for her to say that a man had sex with her without her consent and that’s rape, that she has to “tearfully insist” and list reasons. I can’t imagine how much strength it takes to go through with prosecuting your rapist. I hope that she can find some peace with this conviction.
I guess we should just be happy that this creep even got convicted. It’s nice to know that the NYPD can’t do absolutely anything they want to anyone at any time with no repercussions whatsoever. Just most of the people, and most of the time.