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Ex-NY Officers Sentenced

February 10, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two former police officers were put on probation for misleading FBI investigators about the torture of a prisoner in 1997.

Francisco Rosario, 36, and Rolando Aleman, 30, were among six officers to either be convicted or plead guilty in the attack on Abner Louima, a black Haitian immigrant who was dragged into a Brooklyn precinct bathroom and sodomized with a broken broomstick.

Rosario was sentenced to three years probation on Friday by U.S. District Judge Eugene Nickerson. Rolando Aleman, 30, was given two years probation.

Prosecutors said they saw Justin Volpe, one of the alleged attackers, throw a battered, half-naked Louima into a holding cell. Volpe admitted in a guilty plea that he wanted to punish Louima because he believed he had punched him outside a nightclub.

Prosecutors accused the officers of lying to the FBI, first claiming they were not there and later saying the officer they saw was not Volpe.

Aleman pleaded guilty. A jury convicted Rosario last year.

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