An NYPD officer is accused of promising to help a female recruit get the job in exchange for $1,000 and sex, officials said. Credit: File/Metro
An NYPD officer is accused of promising to help a female recruit get the job in exchange for $1,000 and sex, officials said.
Delfin Lantigua, 34, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of bribery, coercion and official misconduct.
"This defendant shamefully violated his duty to uphold the law by demanding sex from a woman who simply wanted to become a police officer," Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement.
Assigned to the Brooklyn North Task Force, Lantigua has been an NYPD officer since 2005. In February, Lantigua allegedly contacted a woman with a pending NYPD application through Facebook, explaining he could help get her hired.
The woman notified police and agreed to wear a wire during a meeting with Lantigua at a Brooklyn Dunkin Donuts, prosecutors said. During the March meeting, he allegedly demanded sex and $1,000 from the aspiring cop, asking her to meet other conditions.
On March 13, Lantigua was arrested at a Brooklyn motel when he arrived for a rendezvous with the woman.
"It appears to be a contrived arrangement initiated by the police department," said Lantigua's attorney, Stephen Flamhaft.
Lantigua faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.