Trial Opens For R.I. Officer Accused Of On-Duty Rape

By: By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Writer Email
By: By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Writer Email

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A woman who says she was raped by an on-duty Providence police officer began to sob inconsolably and the judge declared a recess so she could collect herself to testify on the opening day of his trial.

The trial for Marcus Huffman opened Thursday.

Prosecutor Maureen Keough (KEE'-oh) told the jury that Huffman took advantage of the woman, who was drunk. Keough says Huffman raped the woman in a police substation in March 2007, then showed up to take a report from the woman after her aunt called 911.

Huffman's lawyer declined to give an opening statement.

The alleged victim is scheduled to be the first witness. Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel called a recess after the woman entered the courtroom and fell apart upon seeing Huffman.

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