Dominican wife-‘rape’ guard in New York goes on the lam (UPDATE)
( - A correction officer on trial for repeatedly raping his wife has fled to the Dominican Republic.

Francisco Martinez was expected to testify in his own defense in the unusual case yesterday morning, and when he didn’t show up, Judge Daniel FitzGerald issued a warrant for his arrest.

Prosecutor Jeff Levinson then discovered that Martinez, 44, had gotten on a flight to the Dominican Republic on Friday afternoon.

“It appears the defendant has decided not to return to the trial,” FitzGerald said. “We will continue without him.”

Martinez was first supposed to testify on his own behalf last Wednesday, but dramatically collapsed on the courtroom floor before he could do so. “Oh! Oh!” the accused brute — an upstate prison guard — wailed as he appeared to regain consciousness after 15 minutes on the floor.

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Another case within 48 hours: Dominican-born cop gets 75 years in prison for sexual assaults

Sex-fiend cop to die in jail

Judge gives him life for horror attack on teacher

A monstrous ex-cop will serve 75 years to life in prison — the maximum allowed by law — for pulling his service weapon on a terrified young schoolteacher last summer, dragging her into an alley, threatening to “blow your f---ing face off” and repeatedly sexually violating her.

The disgraced ex-cop, Michael Pena, 28, won’t have a chance at parole until he’s 103 years old.

“Michael Pena showed by his deplorable conduct that he is not one of New York’s Finest,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers said yesterday. “Michael Pena is instead a sexual predator.”

The sentence left the victim crying tears of anguished triumph in the courtroom’s front row.

“That day was supposed to be a new beginning,” the victim — who at the time of the attack was 24 and en route to her first day of work as a second-grade teacher — told Carruthers.

“My life has been shattered,” she said as she stood trembling at a podium.

The petite brunette wore a frilly lavender blouse, and her high-pitched voice quavered as she rushed through her statement.

“This has impacted every single aspect of my life, on every single day of my life. It affects every single thing,” she told the judge.

“He used his weapon and basically destructed my life with the choices he made that day. That’s it. Thank you.”

Then she returned to her seat and collapsed into tears in the arms of friends.

Yesterday’s courtroom victory has been hard fought for and bittersweet.

The young teacher had taken the stand against Pena in March, tearfully describing how the brute first approached her in Inwood on a tree-lined sidewalk in the early morning.

The off-duty Pena asked her for directions, then told her, “You’d better come with me,” lifting his shirt to show the gun in his waistband and pulling her into an alleyway.

If she made a sound or opened her eyes he would shoot her in the face, he warned.

Pena was quickly caught by cops at the scene — zipping his pants — after neighbors called 911. One arresting officer described recovering Pena’s badge and then throwing it to the ground in disgust.

The jury would convict Pena of oral and anal sodomy, but a pair of stickler jurors caused a deadlock on four forcible-intercourse counts — an outcome that left the woman visibly distraught back in March.

That rape deadlock hasn’t gone away. Both sides will return to court May 23, when prosecutors will announce whether they will retry those charges, which are two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault.

A conviction could extend Pena’s already beyond-the-grave sentence by an additional 25 years and offer a final measure of closure to the victim.

“There are mass murderers getting less time,” defense lawyer Ephraim Savitt told reporters after court.

“It’s an absolutely draconian sentence,” he said, noting that Pena had no criminal record.

In begging for the minimum allowed by law, 10 years to life in prison, the craven ex-cop had tried his hardest to minimize his deeds, described by prosecutor Evan Krutoy as “horrific and violent.”

Pena had told probation officials that he was immediately remorseful for the attack and too drunk to have been in control of himself.

“I’d like to go back in time to the day of this incident and somehow grab myself by the shoulder,” Pena said in a pathetic tone.

He apologized to his victim, her family and his own family.

“I’ll always carry the shame and burden for my actions, for what I have done, for the rest of my life.”

The judge wasn’t having any of it.

Pena’s claim that he was drunk and out of control is belied by sidewalk surveillance video showing him resolutely striding in pursuit of his victim and by his self-serving claims to arresting officers that the sex was consensual.

“Michael Pena stalked her as she walked alone and unaware of the evil that was about to overtake her,” the judge said. “He dragged her into an isolated backyard, where he sexually assaulted her in the most degrading manner possible.

“Michael Pena was not drunk. He was as alert and self-possessed on that day as he was vicious and devious,” the judge said.

“For you, Michael Pena, there is scorn,” he added.

And as to the victim?

“Through her persistence and strength of character,” Carruthers said, “she has defeated her tormentor.”

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., issued a statement backing the ruling.

“Today’s life sentence underscores the brutal nature of the defendant’s attack on an innocent young woman,” he said.

“I commend the victim for her bravery throughout this process.

“And I thank Judge Richard Carruthers for delivering an appropriate sentence that takes the viciousness of the defendant’s crime into account.”

Calls to Lloyd Constantine, believed to be the juror who fought most strenuously against any rape conviction, were not returned.

Constantine, a former adviser to disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, was selected for the jury without having admitted his political and social ties to Vance and one of Vance’s former campaign foes, Richard Aborn, who is Constantine’s law partner.

Dominican Watchdog Note | Below in the foto - STALKING HIS PREY: This surveillance shot shows off-duty cop Michael Pena trailing the woman he would stop before pulling his gun on her and taking her into an alley to sexually assault her last summer.

I guess these platano head Dominicans thought they were back home in the DR and could assult women as they like!!
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