Ex-cop gets 3 years in prison for raping teen
A former decorated NYPD sergeant received a 3-year prison sentence Monday for raping a 13-year-old girl.
Vladimir Krull, 39, had been convicted of second-degree rape. Prosecutors say the victim was his girlfriend's daughter. They argued in court that he used his influence as a trusting companion and father figure to manipulate her into a sexual relationship.
Prosecutors had pushed for the maximum sentence of 15 years.
Krull's lawyer says his client maintains his innocence.
"There's absolutely no evidence, no DNA evidence, nothing to support these allegations except her word," says attorney Roger Blank. "Our belief...is the mother put the child up to it, to retaliate, because he was breaking off the relationship."
The victim, now 16, told the court that the sexual abuse began about a year after her father died and went on from September 2013 until Krull's arrest in February 2015.
Once he is released, Krull must register as a sex offender.