Courtesy Julio Mejia
  • Biurny Peguero

    Biurny Peguero, 27, was enjoying a night out with the girls in the summer of 2005 in New York City when her life changed forever. Peguero and her best friend Aurora Pujols were out dancing and drinking with some other girl friends and drank past their limit. At the end of the night, they say, a group of men started talking to them and one jumped in the back seat of their car.
    Courtesy Julio Mejia
  • William McCaffrey

    The man was William McCaffrey, a 32-year-old contractor in the Bronx. N.Y., who'd also been out drinking with his buddies. He invited the girls to an after party. Aurora Pujols refused and got out of the car, but Peguero drove off with him.
    Courtesy William McCaffrey
  • Biurny Peguero

    Peguero left the car at a nearby parking lot and got in to a white van with McCaffrey and his friends. They spend an hour driving around searching in vain for an after party. When she finally returned to meet her friends back at the parking lot, she told them she was raped.
    Courtesy Julio Mejia
  • William McCaffrey

    Police brought McCaffrey in for questioning. Although he denied raping or assaulting Peguero, police doubted his story. He'd been arrested numerous times for petty offenses like DUI and assault. McCaffrey was charged with rape in the first degree, convicted in October 2006 and sentenced to 20 years in jail.
  • Biurny Peguero

    With the ordeal of the trial behind her, Peguero moved on with her life. She married second husband Julio Mejia on Nov. 25, 2008 and settled into a New Jersey suburb. Peguero gave birth to second son Daniel in November 2009.
    Courtesy Julio Mejia
  • Rape Accusation Changes Two Lives Forever

    While it seemed Peguero was enjoying the freedom of her life with her family and friends, it would turn out she was in a prison of her own. Peguero's family and friends were baffled by what happened next.
    Courtesy Aurora Pujols
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