Fox News reports a police sergeant who is married to WNBC-TV anchorwoman Darlene Rodriguez was charged Wednesday with the rape of a 17-year-old girl. New Rochelle Sgt. David Rodriguez, 36, allegedly returned to the girl’s home and raped her 2/9, only hours after he and other officers had arrested her 35-year-old live-in boyfriend on a domestic violence charge. The nine-year police veteran pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in City Court and posted a 25,000 bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.
His wife, anchorwoman of WNBC’s "Today in New York," was in tears outside the courtroom before the arraignment, but left the courthouse dry-eyed and said, "I’m here to support my husband. I believe in him. I love him. He’s innocent 100%"
Rodriguez’s Stephen Worth said the charge was false and that the girl "has a number of motives to make up a false allegation."
Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll said the investigation was thorough. "We took our time. We didn’t jump to any conclusions." He had announced the rape allegation, without naming Rodriguez, more than a month ago, and suspended him with pay. At the time, he said the sergeant had "a sterling record."
On Wednesday Rodriguez was suspended without pay pending the results of the prosecution.