PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld the sexual assault conviction of a Providence police officer.
Forty-three-year-old Marcus Huffman of West Warwick is serving a 40-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman inside a police substation in 2007, after picking her up outside a nightclub while on duty.
Huffman's attorneys argued unsuccessfully that evidence, including recorded audio from grand jury testimony, should not have been admitted at his trial.
Huffman remained suspended without pay from the department while his appeal was pending, under terms of the state's Officers' Bill of Rights law.
The ruling clears the way for the department to seek his firing.