Officers acquitted of sodomy

NEW YORK – A NEW York City police officer accused of sodomising a drug suspect in a subway station was acquitted on Monday after defence attorneys spent weeks chipping away at the credibility of the accuser, a self-professed gang member who admits to smoking pot regularly. Two colleagues were acquitted of a cover-up.

Officer Richard Kern had faced as many as 25 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual abuse, while Officers Andrew Morales and Alex Cruz could have gotten up to four years on charges of hindering prosecution.

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