NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A former NYPD cop is accused of running a prostitution ring.
According to prosecutors, Eduardo Cornejo — who was on the force for 11 years before getting fired last month – had at least ten prostitutes working for him.
WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports Cornejo would drive the prostitutes to motels on Long Island, New Jersey, Staten Island and the Bronx. Cornejo allegedly would transport them right after his shift.
“As alleged, the defendant betrayed the trust of residents of the city he swore to protect,” Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a press release. “Rather than seeking to eradicate crime from the streets of the city, the defendant promoted prostitution and profited from his exploitation of women.”
Court papers reveals Cornejo was caught on a wiretap talking about how he would split the profits with the prostitutes. Cornejo was allegedly heard on the wiretap saying if he were to stand outside a motel door with “a bunch of girls,” law enforcement would “know what’s up real quick.”
“I commend our Internal Affairs Bureau which takes a proactive role in investigating serious misconduct among the ranks of the NYPD and works closely with prosecutors in building cases against those who violate the very laws that they have sworn to enforce,” NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement.
Cornejo faces up to ten years behind bars if convicted.