New York (ABC News) A man who claimed to be a New York police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a man he believed was a taxi driver.
The 46-year-old man has been arrested by detectives in Queens and faces a charge of rape and sexual assault, according to police in New York, which is the second major police agency to investigate.
He has been identified as an officer with the New York Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, which was created in 2016.
The man allegedly approached the taxi driver and the man’s wife in the early hours of March 6 in the Bronx.
Police said he then approached the man and his wife and tried to force himself on them.
Police have not confirmed whether the man was wearing a police uniform or a badge.
The woman who has been interviewed by police said she felt “disgusted” after the encounter.
“He said he was a police officer and that I could ask him questions,” she told ABC News.
“I just told him I didn’t know what he was talking about.”
The woman said she was raped by the man at the scene, but she believes the incident took place in the car park of a nearby apartment complex.
“It’s very important that this man not be allowed to continue his career,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter.
Police say the woman, who did not want to be identified, was treated at a hospital and is now in stable condition.
A spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office said the man, identified by police as Daniel Rios, is being held without bail and is due in court on April 16.
He was charged on Monday with two counts of first-degree rape and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supported the woman’s claim of rape.
“The man who raped the woman in this case is a police official, and I am proud of him for coming forward,” de Blasio told reporters.
“We have a very serious problem in New England where there are thousands of young men and women coming forward to report being sexually assaulted.”
The NYPD has been criticized for its handling of sexual assault cases in recent years, including for failing to properly train officers about the impact of the epidemic on the profession and its response to the crisis.
The agency has said it has trained officers to deal with sexual assault allegations, but there has been no increase in reporting or prosecutions.
Police in the US have recorded over a million reports of sexual assaults in the past year.
In New York last month, police arrested two taxi drivers and charged them with multiple counts of sexual abuse.