- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A former Worcester police officer convicted of raping a woman while on duty is about to learn how much time he will spend behind bars.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1cGp3lT) reports that Rajat Sharda, convicted last week of rape, open and gross lewdness, witness intimidation and larceny, is scheduled to sentenced Monday.

Prosecutors say Sharda was on duty on the morning of Aug. 6, 2013, when he assaulted a woman after finding her and her boyfriend engaged in a sexual encounter in a vehicle in a parking lot.

The woman testified that the officer sexually assaulted her after handcuffing her boyfriend, ordering her from the vehicle and asking if she was willing to have sex to avoid arrest.

Sharda took the stand in his own defense to deny the charges.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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