09/08/2010

RI cop gets 40 years for rape at substation

Marcus Huffman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the March 2007 rape of a woman at an empty police substation

By Eric Tucker
Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A police officer in Rhode Island who raped a woman inside an empty police substation has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Marcus Huffman was sentenced in Providence Superior Court on Wednesday for the March 2007 rape of a woman he picked up outside a Providence nightclub. Prosecutors say the woman was drunk, and Huffman drove her to a nearby substation and raped her.

The woman then walked to her aunt's house. Huffman was one of several officers who responded after the emergency police dispatcher was called.

His lawyer had argued during the trial that any sexual contact was consensual, but jurors rejected that argument. Huffman was convicted in April.

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