N.Y. Police Officer Charged With Rape of a Woman in New York
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A New York City police officer has been charged with raping a woman while she was handcuffed in a hotel room in January, according to authorities.
A criminal complaint filed Monday alleges that Christopher M. Kelly, 45, “took advantage of his position of authority” to force himself on the woman at the Hotel Carlton in Manhattan in the early morning hours of Jan. 7.
Kelly was charged with sexual assault and resisting arrest, according a criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press.
Kelly is due in court April 15.
Kelly’s lawyer, Robert G. Gough, declined to comment.
Kelly could not be reached for comment.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department declined to answer questions about the sexual assault case, citing an active investigation.
The woman who was arrested in connection with the incident told authorities she was not assaulted by Kelly and did not see him enter the room that night, according the complaint.
The complaint alleges that she met Kelly in a parking lot after a night out with friends and that she “was sexually assaulted and forced to perform oral sex on Kelly.”
Kelly is charged with first-degree rape and forcible oral copulation, as well as third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree assault.
He is being held on $1 million bail and has not entered a plea.
The charges come amid an investigation by the New Orleans Police Department, which launched an internal investigation in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack.
The city’s Police Department announced the Jan, 6 incident at 3 a.m. local time and the New Year’s Eve festivities.
In a news release, the New Yorker Hotel Management Association said that it was notified that the hotel had been notified that a hotel guest reported an assault at the hotel, which was not confirmed.
Kelly “was present and present at the time of the incident and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation,” the statement read.
“We are aware of the allegations and are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a statement that the department would work with local authorities to identify and prosecute those responsible.
“I am extremely concerned by the actions of this individual, who I am confident will be held accountable for his actions,” Ross said.
The New York State Attorney General’s office has also opened an investigation.
Police have not said what led to the sexual encounter.
Police said that they are aware that the incident took place.
The victim was not immediately identified.
Kelly worked as a police officer in the New England area, the complaint states.
Kelly has been assigned to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in Boston.
He has worked as an officer with the New Jersey State Police for 10 years and previously served in the U.S. Army.
A spokeswoman for the State Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
The Associated News staff, including AP reporters Brian Fung, David R. Lynch, Emily Schultheis, Matthew Dalton and Sarah Shuman, contributed to this report.
A New York City police officer has been charged with raping a woman while she was handcuffed in a hotel…