New York City NY Dec 8 2016 Cops have busted a veteran Rikers Island correction officer on allegations he repeatedly raped a child, authorities said Wednesday.
Jose Urena, 43, was taken into custody while off-duty in the Bronx around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
Authorities charged him with first-degree rape, sexual conduct against a child less than 13 years old and endangering the welfare of a child.
Urena is accused of raping and groping the girl since 2013. The most recent attack was Monday, a prosecutor said.
A city correction officer since 2006, Urena was suspended and placed on modified duty as a result of his arrest, officials said.
Urena stood solemn with his head down, wearing a gray turtleneck sweater, as he was arraigned in Bronx criminal court.
Five of his relatives, including his father, wife and brother, sat in the courtroom to watch the proceedings. They declined to comment.
If convicted of a felony, he’ll be fired and he faces up to 25 years in prison.
A Department of Correction spokesman called the charges “very serious.”
Urena’s lawyer, Peter Troxler, said there is no forensic evidence tying his client to the crimes — just the victim’s allegations.
Judge Marsha Michael ordered him held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash until his next appearance Monday.
He's headed back to Rikers, where he'll likely be held in isolated space in the jail's infirmary, away from inmates, a law enforcement source said.