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DA declines to prosecute city correction officer accused of raping teen in Bronx

Posted: 3:30 PM, Jul 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 18:20:29-04

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.

THE BRONX — The Bronx District Attorney declined to prosecute a case against a New York City Department of Correction officer accused of raping a teenage girl, officials said Wednesday.

The 27-year-old man had been charged by police with rape and criminal sex act following his arrest early Tuesday. His name has been removed because the DA is not prosecuting the case.

“We declined prosecution because we do not have sufficient evidence to prove the defendant committed the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt,” a spokeswoman for the office said.

The 19-year-old woman who accused the officer knew him, police said.

A DOC spokeswoman said the officer was being suspended following the accusation. His suspension will be lifted now that the DA has declined to prosecute.

The correction officer was appointed just over two years ago and worked out of the Anna M. Kross Center.