DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE STATEMENT ON VERDICT IN TRIAL OF NYPD OFFICERS FRANKLIN MATA AND KENNETH MORENO

New York City Police Officers Franklin Mata and Kenneth Moreno were each found guilty of three counts of Official Misconduct. During a trial before a jury in New York State Supreme Court, it was established that Officer Kenneth Moreno and Officer Franklin Mata engaged in acts of official misconduct for reentering the apartment of an intoxicated woman whom they were called to assist. They are expected to be sentenced on June 28, 2011.

“We respect the jury’s verdict, which acknowledges that the defendants’ actions that night not only violated the law, they violated the victim’s rights, and the public’s trust,” said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. “I thank our prosecutors, Coleen Balbert and Randolph Clarke, Jr., who worked tirelessly on this case. I also commend the bravery of the victim in coming forward, and in persevering through an often grueling and very public 9-week trial. ”

District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorneys Coleen Balbert, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and Randolph Clarke, Jr., for prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Lisa Friel, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Investigator Edward Tacchi, Investigative Analyst Inn-Young Park, and Trial Preparation Assistants Jamie Whittenburg and Chelsey Luger also provided valuable assistance over the course of the investigation and trial.



Defendant Information:



FRANKLIN MATA, D.O.B. 4/19/82

Bronx, NY

Convicted:

Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, three counts



KENNETH MORENO, D.O.B. 12/25/67

Brooklyn, NY

Convicted:

Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, three counts



A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail.

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