WESTCHESTER, N.Y. (WPIX)—A former NYPD detective - accused of drugging a woman in a Bronx bar and then raping her in a Westchester motel - was sentenced Friday to a 15-year prison term.
According to reports, Jose Arroyo, 48, drugged his 31-year-old victim with the sleeping pill Ambien after meeting her at Doyle's Pub on East Tremont Avenue on the night of Nov. 14, 2008
Prosecutors allege Arroyo was caught on security tape slipping the drug into the woman's drink while she was in the bathroom.
When the woman fell asleep, Arroyo is accused of taking her to the Alexander Motel on Tarrytown Road in Greenburgh where the alleged assault took place.
Lawyers representing Arroyo argue he is innocent, citing the sex that took place was consensual. However, the victim claims she did not want to engage in sexual intercourse because she is a lesbian.
In fact, the victim's girlfriend claims she briefly left the bar and said when she returned her partner was missing.
The victim told jurors she met the man at the bar and bought him a shot because he said it was his birthday. She later testified he grew annoyed with her after she repeatedly refused his advances.
The woman said she blacked out for 12 hours and woke up groggy in a hotel room, with bruises covering her body.
Frantically she took Arroyo's keys and tried to leave the hotel, but an employee called cops when they saw her trying to get into his car in the parking lot. As a result, he was acquitted of kidnapping charges relating to the rape.
Upon heafing of the case Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said, "Simple rules like not leaving your drink unattended, especially when talking, dancing, or using the restroom, can make all the difference in not becoming a victim of a sexual assault or any crime."