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Woman Was 'Devastated' After Alleged Rape by Police, Her Boss Testifies

By DNAinfo Staff on April 7, 2011 5:21pm  | Updated on April 8, 2011 6:30am

Franklin Mata (l.) and Kenneth Moreno (r.) before a hearing in their rape case last week.
Franklin Mata (l.) and Kenneth Moreno (r.) before a hearing in their rape case last week.
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By Shayna Jacobs

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — The boss of a 27-year-old woman who was allegedly raped by police officers in her East Village apartment said the woman was "devastated" and "demoralized" for days following the alleged incident.

Joanna Kreling testified Thursday that the alleged rape victim told her she was raped by a cop and was "completely broken down and crying...very emotional" the morning after the incident. 

"Can you tell us what she said to you during the time she was emotional and crying?" asked ADA Coleen Balbert.

"She said that she had been raped and it was a cop," answered Kreling.

NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno is accused of raping the Manattan fashion deisigner while his partner Franklin Mata allegedly stood guard on Dec. 7, 2008.

Kreling, 39, was the woman's supervisor at Gap Inc. and had been friends with her for three years at that point. Balbert asked the witness about the woman's demeanor when she came to work the day after the alleged rape. 

"Um, still devastated, still just demoralized. [She] is a very vivacious and energetic person ... she was just not that person," a slightly teary Kreling said.

Prosecutors say Moreno, 43, took advantage of the intoxicated woman after a cab driver called police because the woman could not get out his taxi on her own. The officers helped her out of a cab and up to her fifth floor apartment at 506 E. 13th St. 

The unidentified victim, who's a fashion designer, called Kreling the morning after the alleged incident. She and two other women accompanied their distraught friend to Beth Israel for a rape kit, examination and professional advice.

A second witness testified Thursday that he saw the NYPD officers escorting the woman into the building that night. 

Andom Mangum, who was visiting another tenant in the building, said the woman was drunk and pushed him against the wall and then leaned on him for support as she passed him. Mangum said she walked in on her own, with the officers trailing her.

"The young lady was passing. She pushed me against the wall," Mangum said. "I was surprised and I turned around expecting someone to apologize. No one even acknowledged it."

Mangum described her as "staggering" and "swaying." Her hair was hanging in front of her face and she was leaning on things for balance as she climbed up the steep and narrow flights of stairs, he testified.

The defense maintains there was no sexual contact between Moreno and the alleged victim. The defense claims she concocted the story to win a $62 million lawsuit she filed against the city and that one her friends, attorney Yasmin Saeed, coached her about the best way to get the cash.

The defense also claims the woman's testimony is not reliable because she blacked out for portions of the evening.

Moreno and Mata are both charged with rape, official misconduct, burglary and other offenses. The two police officers face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.