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Former NYPD officer charged in sex assault, burglary

The Associated Press   

NEW YORK- A former police officer was charged Tuesday with tying up a woman with her own clothes and raping her 10 years ago.

Ronald Murgo Jr., 38, of Queens, was charged in state Supreme Court with rape, sexual abuse and burglary, District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.

DNA evidence tied Murgo, a former New York Police Department officer, to the 1996 rape, prosecutors said.

Murgo broke into a Howard Beach home one morning in November 1996, tied the woman's hands with her undergarments and covered her head with a pillow before sexually abusing her, prosecutors said. Afterward, he stole jewelry and money from her wallet, they said.

Police arrested Murgo on Tuesday. Judge James P. Griffin set Murgo's bail at $350,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for Oct. 19.

DNA evidence from the victim's rape kit matched Murgo's DNA profile on file in a city databank, prosecutors said. Murgo had provided a sample in February in an unrelated case.

Murgo's attorney, Raymond J. Aab, said his client pleaded not guilty and was shocked by his arrest.

"It's out of the blue," Aab said. "It's a 10-year-old case."

Murgo worked in the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn before he was fired in 1995. The police department confirmed he was dismissed but didn't have details on why.

Murgo, who could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted, now works in construction, prosecutors said.

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