A former New York City police officer was busted for running a prostitution ring throughout Staten Island, Long Island, the Bronx and New Jersey.
Eduardo Cornejo is facing 10 years behind bars for running the ring with several women working under him — completely unbeknownst to his wife. Cornejo, who was fired from the department for failing a drug test, was busted after the department received an anonymous tip.
“Rather than seeking to eradicate crime from the streets of the city, the defendant promoted prostitution and profited from his exploitation of women,” U.S. Attorney Robert Capers said.
Cornejo, according to a criminal complaint, had 10 women working in his operation and would often conduct his business upon leaving work with the NYPD. He would bring them to various motels throughout the area.
An investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau led to Cornejo’s arrest, and he was charged with transporting women in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.
Cornejo not only abused the public trust given to him as an NYPD officer, but he showed no human decency when he facilitated the exploitation of women for profit,” FBI field office assistant director Diego Rodriguez said.
“Police officers, like all public servants, are held to a higher standard, and should not violate the very same laws they are supposed to enforce.”