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Joe Tacopina Helps Clear NYPD Sergeant of Rape Charges

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  • 1. Joe Tacopina Helps Clear NYPD Sergeant of Rape Charges
  • 2.  In 2003, an NYPD sergeant named Vincent Chiarello was cleared of the rape of Lori Gonzalo, his longtime neighbor. His lawyer, Joe Tacopina, has a long history of negotiating favorable plea bargains or winning acquittals in cases that look like easy convictions.
  • 3.  While Chiarello admitted to making-out with his accuser, he asserts that it was a consensual act, and that they tended to have a very flirtatious relationship to begin with. While this type of behavior had occurred for some time, the relationship took a turn for the worse when Gonzalo called Chiarello's wife and told her about her husband's behavior. Apparently, this upset his wife who directed her anger at Gonzalo rather than her husband. This eventually led to Gonzalo calling the police and filing an accusation of rape against Chiarello. His defense attorney managed to ensure that he was never arrested, although he did testify before a grand jury. The grand jury went on to clear him of wrongdoing.
  • 4.  Joe Tacopina expressed relief at the closure of this series of events, mentioning that it had been a “very traumatic” time for Chiarello and his family.