A police officer who works at the 19th Precinct on the Upper East Side was arrested and charged with raping and sexual abusing his 14 year old stepdaughter. Angel Negron, a 16 year NYPD veteran, was suspended without pay as the police investigate the claims. Negron allegedly abused the girl from the ages of 8 to 10, and then raped her in 2003 and 2004. According to the NY Sun, Negron's lawyer Michael Heller says that the police officer's wife (and mother of the abuse victim) are "standing by" Negron, who Heller described as a decorated police officer. Heller also added that the stepdaughter was making this up because her cellphone had been taken away from her: "In retaliation she determined that she would manipulate the police department, the district attorney's office, and the judicial system by making false allegations against her stepfather in order to get him out of the house."

The Post points out that the arrest wasn't announced publicly until yesterday, though Negron was arrested Friday night, "blaming it on a paperwork snafu. However, police were quick to publicize Saturday's DWI arrest of an off-duty firefighter on Staten Island, releasing the information within hours."