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Cops in rape case: She wanted sex

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The NYPD cop accused of raping an intoxicated woman after escorting her from a cab to her East Village apartment testified yesterday that she tried to seduce him in a steamy bedroom scene, but that he refused to have sex.

“She kissed me. I could smell the alcohol on her breath…,” Officer Kenneth Moreno told Manhattan jurors. “She said, ‘You don’t like me. You don’t like me.’”

She had stripped down to nothing but a pink bra and “started rubbing her buttock area against my groin area,” which lasted “maybe two seconds,” Moreno said. 

“I didn’t see this coming,” he said of her advances.  “I kinda pushed her away. I told her, ‘There’s another time for this. Not today. ... We’re not doing this.’”

The 20-year veteran also testified that he had sung the 29-year-old fashion designer a verse from the Bon Jovi anthem “Livin’ on a Prayer” to raise her spirits. Moreno, who said he had struggled with alcohol, noted he was only trying to comfort her.

His testimony sharply contrasted with the woman’s account that she spent the night vomiting, passing out and being raped after partying with friends to celebrate a promotion at The Gap.

She said an officer stripped and had sex with her while she lay on her bed, too drunk to resist.

Moreno, 43, and his partner, Officer Franklin Mata, are charged with rape, burglary and official misconduct in the Dec. 7, 2008, incident.

The officers were caught on a surveillance camera returning three times between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. after first taking her upstairs when a taxi driver summoned police to help his inebriated passenger.

Mata testified that he “saw her hand touching his [Moreno’s] arm, I heard laughter in there. It seemed flirty.” He said he then fell asleep in another room.

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