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Grand Jury Indicts Off-Duty Officer In Manhattan Rape Case

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An off-duty New York City Police Department officer accused of raping a teacher in Upper Manhattan was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury.

Prosecutors say Michael Pena's case is being moved to state supreme court, where he will be arraigned a second time on September 21.

The 27-year old officer was arraigned over the weekend on rape and other sexual assault charges.

He is still being held on $1 million bond.

Authorities say Pena was drunk when he approached a 25-year-old woman Friday morning in Inwood and asked for directions.

They say he showed her his gun, forced her into a nearby backyard and raped her.

Pena's lawyers say he did not mean to harm anyone.

He has been suspended from the NYPD without pay.

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