Source: Komo News

A Providence police officer was convicted Thursday of raping a woman in a police substation while on duty three years ago.

A Providence Superior Court jury found Marcus Huffman, 39, guilty of first-degree sexual assault after deliberating for about a day. He was ordered held without bail after a prosecutor argued that he was a flight risk and a danger to the public. He faces a possible life sentence.

Huffman’s lawyer said he was disappointed by the verdict and planned to appeal.

The woman, now 22, let out a loud sob as the verdict was announced while Huffman remained expressionless as he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.

The woman testified that Huffman raped her in the bathroom of a police substation in March 2007 after picking her up outside a Providence nightclub where she was turned away for being too drunk. She said she could not remember what happened inside the bathroom, but that she woke up later with her pants undone and her undergarments removed.

She then walked to her aunt’s house and was taken to a hospital, where she says Huffman showed up to take her report.

Prosecutor Maureen Keough accused Huffman of taking advantage of an intoxicated and physically helpless woman.

But lawyer Robert Caron attacked the woman’s credibility, suggesting she had a consensual sexual encounter with Huffman and then lied about being raped because she didn’t want to tell her girlfriend the truth. The woman identified herself at trial as a lesbian and said she hadn’t had consensual sex with a man since early in high school.

The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sex crimes.

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