While he appeals his year-long sentence for ripping "a gaping hole" in the fabric of society (technically, official misconduct), it looks like ex-cop Kenneth Moreno will get to keep custody of his daughter—along with the recently bumped up child support from his ex that goes with it. At a hearing today his 14-year-old daughter's law guardian Kathleen Waterman told the court, "At another trial on this matter, [the daughter will] probably stay exactly where she is. That's her preference."
Moreno's ex, Maria Cruz, lost custody of the girl in 2004 when she was unemployed and living in a one-bedroom apartment. Now she lives in a three-bedroom house, works as a bus driver and wants her daughter back. But the girl doesn't seem to be interested (though, her lawyer says, "Certainly my client is willing to see her mother."). For now at least, the girl's living situation and visitation schedule will remain the same.
Not that this latest spate of court appearances for Moreno are even close to being over. Much of today's hearing reportedly revolved around media access at future court dates, since Waterman believes that the daughter feels "vulnerable" because of the attention and would prefer it be private. The Family Court judge agreed and set up a hearing on media access for next month along with a gag order. Maria Cruz, meanwhile, isn't worried about the media at all: "I can care less about the press," Cruz reportedly said, pointing at her ex. "The press is following him, not me."
Update (9/9/11): Gothamist has published a long-form feature about the Rape Cop case, written by one of the jurors. It takes you behind the scenes during their deliberations, and explains how they came to their controversial verdict. Buy it today as a PDF or on Kindle.