A former NYPD officer is being accused of leading an interstate prostitution ring, investigators announced Tuesday.
Eduardo Cornejo, an 11-year veteran of the force who previously had been assigned to the 79th Precinct in Brooklyn, transported at least 10 women to motels around New York, Long Island and New Jersey, prosecutors allege.
Many of his alleged deeds happened “directly after leaving his work with the NYPD,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
“As alleged, the defendant betrayed the trust of the residents of the city he swore to protect,” U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers said in a statement. “Rather than seeking to eradicate crime from the streets of the city, the defendant promoted prostitution and profited from his exploitation of women.”
The complaint follows an investigation into Cornejo’s activities involving the NYPD and FBI that included a wiretap, officials said.
In one intercepted conversation, Cornejo allegedly discussed how he paid the sex workers he employed, and said that he knew not to stand near motel doors with “a bunch of girls” because police would “know what’s up real quick.”
He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.