An NYPD officer has been arrested on rape and other charges in a series of sexual assaults on a 16-year-old girl from the church where he was also a pastor, police say.
Officer Vladimir Sosa, 38, who works out of the 46th Precinct in the Bronx, was arrested in the 43rd Precinct Tuesday morning, police said.
The 7-year member of the force was a pastor at the church where his alleged victim was a member, according to prosecutors.
He has been charged with rape, criminal sex acts, sexual misconduct, child endangerment and sex abuse.
During his arraignment Tuesday, Sosa's attorneys said he has no prior criminal record and said the charges come a year after the alleged incidents.
Sosa was released on his own recognizance. His attorney had no comment after the court appearance.
The case is expected to go to a grand jury, and Sosa is scheduled to return to court April 17.
Sosa is expected to be suspended without pay, the NYPD said.
An NYPD sergeant was arrested last month on rape charges in an investigation into a months-long relationship he allegedly had with a 13-year-old girl.
-- Brynn Gingras contributed to this report