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Women raped by on-duty cops get $6.2 million, Miami judge rules

Franklin Hartley (left) and Thomas Merenda lost their jobs as Lauderhill police officers, are facing criminal charges and now must pay $6.2 million to two women who have accused them of on-duty rape, court documents show.
Franklin Hartley (left) and Thomas Merenda lost their jobs as Lauderhill police officers, are facing criminal charges and now must pay $6.2 million to two women who have accused them of on-duty rape, court documents show. Broward Sheriff Office

The morning in question has already cost two Lauderhill police officers their jobs. Now the 90 minutes allegedly spent behind a closed tire shop while on duty and coercing two women into performing sex acts will cost the two fired cops $6.2 million, a federal judge has ruled.

A federal judge in Miami based her verdict on testimony given by the women in February about the night they were pulled over by Officer Franklin Hartley after leaving a strip club, led to a dark, isolated location behind a Tamarac strip mall where they were joined by Officer Thomas Merenda and sexually battered. The women were 29 and 31 at the time of the alleged assaults.

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