By: Tanya Clark WorldWideWeirdNews.com
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl who looked up to him as her father figure.
The New York City police sergeant was found guilty on Monday, of raping and sexually abusing his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter.
39-year-old Vladimir Krull is accused of grooming the child. He
began abusing the girl by kissing her in the mouth.
He then had sex with the girl on three occasions. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement that on one occasion, Krull ordered the girl to perform a sex act on him in his car after taking her to a Father/Daughter breakfast for her eighth grade class.
“The defendant horribly abused the trust of this family and engaged in sexual acts with a child,” Clark said.
The jury deliberated for five days after Krull's four-week trial. Krull was convicted of second-degree rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and child molestation.
He faces up to seven years in prison for each incident.
Krull was taken out of court in handcuffs. He will remain in custody without bail until sentencing.
Krull's lawyer, Roger Blank, said that they are “disappointed with the verdict, but nonetheless, we respect it. That's our system.”
Blank said that there was no physical evidence, DNA or text messages that tied Krull to the alleged crimes.
He also pointed out that the girl told the jury that Krull had a heart shaped tattoo with a ribbon around it, when in fact, he has no such a tattoo, Blank said.
Krull, who was a 12-year veteran with the NYPD, was fired from his job.