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.
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"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, Lantiguaallegedly 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.
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