"His story, first of all, looked suspicious," said Peguero's attorney Paul Callan. "Without invitation he opens the passenger door and sits in the car. So right from the beginning it looked like he was up to no good."
McCaffrey's criminal record didn't help. He'd been arrested numerous times for offenses like DUI and assault. Peguero's story, on the other hand, couldn't be more credible; she stuck to her account, looked traumatized, and didn't hesitate to take the "morning after pill" that was offered by the hospital in case she'd been impregnated against her will.
McCaffrey was charged with rape in the first degree. At trial, he took to the stand to defend himself. But based largely on Peguero's testimony, the jury voted to convict McCaffrey. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
"I thought about ... my sons and if I was going to make it to see my grandmother, you know, or if I would have to bury her from prison," he said.
With the ordeal of the trial behind her, Peguero began her life as a wife and mother. "My life keeps going on," she said. "I have my child, my husband."
Peguero got married in November 2008 to Julio Mejia and settled into a stable family life in New Jersey. She gave birth to son Daniel in 2009. Holding down a steady job at a cell phone company, it seemed the trauma of the rape finally subsided.
"She's back to her normal self," Pujols said, "acting the way that she always is -- happy."
McCaffrey, on the other hand, was in New York's notorious Sing Sing prison, dealing with a rape rap, not the most popular of crimes on the inside.
"You're always looking over your shoulder," he said about inmates trying to beat him up in prison.
While it seemed Peguero was out enjoying the freedom of her life with her family and friends, it would turn out she was in a prison of her own.
"Every time I see something in news about raping, every time I see something about jail...this comes in my mind. And then, here I am crying," she said.
Peguero's family and friends were baffled by what happened next. Even McCaffrey, whose life was about to take a stunning turn for the better, was shocked.